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Leg-spin legend Abdul Qadir conferred Sitara-i-Imtiaz posthumously
Abdul Qadir (1959-2019)

Leg-spin legend Abdul Qadir conferred Sitara-i-Imtiaz posthumously

Abdul Qadir, who passed away last year, was bestowed with the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the third-highest civilian award in Pakistan, by the country's president on August 14 for his remarkable services to the sport.

Qadir is regarded as one of the finest spinners to ever play the game and is credited with inspiring a generation of leg-spinners with his outstanding achievements throughout his glorious career.

Known for employing the googly with great deception, Qadir found tremendous success during an era largely dominated by pace bowlers.

He carved out a place for himself in sporting history by troubling batsmen with exceptional variety in his skill set, managing to pick a large number of wickets across different conditions.

Qadir was a vital cog in Pakistan's line-up for almost two decades and finished his Test career with 236 wickets from 67 games and 132 scalps in 104 ODIs.

Following his retirement, he ran a private cricket academy in Lahore where he honed the skills of many budding talents in the country. In November 2008, he was appointed Pakistan's chief selector and remained in the capacity till the team's triumphant World T20 campaign next year. He later resigned from the post six months into the job.

The iconic cricketer died in Lahore in September 2019, nine days short of his 64th birthday, after succumbing to a cardiac arrest.

His demise was met with an outpouring of grief in the cricket community as even Prime Minister Imran Khan paid tribute to his former teammate.