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Pakistan's PM Imran Khan pays glowing tribute to late Abdul Qadir
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Pakistan's PM Imran Khan pays glowing tribute to late Abdul Qadir

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed grief over the tragic demise of legendary wrist-spinner Abdul Qadir, who passed away following a cardiac arrest last night.

Cricketer-turned-politician Khan remembered Qadir as a "genius" ranking him among the greatest spinners to ever play the game.

Former Pakistan skipper Khan and Qadir had a long association as team-mates with the latter being a favourite of his captain.

"Abdul Qadir was a genius, one of the greatest leg spinners of all time," Khan wrote on Twitter, as the cricket fraternity mourned the loss of one of the pioneers of modern-day leg-spin.

"And he was also the life of the dressing room entertaining the team with his wit & humour".

Qadir was a vital cog of Pakistan's strong Test unit during the 1980s as he registered 236 wickets across 67 games in the longest format with his iconic 9-56 still etched in history as the best figures by a bowler from his nation in a Test innings.

Qadir, who breathed his last nine days prior to his 64th birthday, inspired a generation of leg-spinners who looked up to him with Australia's Shane Warne frequently mentioning him amongst his bowling idols.

He also took 132 wickets in 104 ODIs and took part in Pakistan's 1983 and 1987 World Cup campaigns.

Khan believed Qadir could have finished his career with an astronomical tally of wickets had he been playing in the era of Decision Review System (DRS).

"Qadir's bowling statistics do not do justice to his genius," said Khan.

"Had he been playing cricket now with the modern DRS system, where batsmen can be given out on the front foot as well, Qadir would have gotten as many wickets as the great Shane Warne".

Qadir was known for his peculiar bowling style that managed to generate extravagant turn and bounce including a beguiling googly.

He played his final international match in 1993 against Sri Lanka and later briefly served as chief selector of Pakistan before opening a private cricket academy in his hometown Lahore.