LAHORE: Legendary spinner Abdul Qadir was formally inducted into the Pakistan Cricket Board Hall of Fame ahead of the second One-day International between Pakistan and Australia at the Gaddafi Stadium here on Thursday.

Pakistan head coach Saqlain Mushtaq inducted the late Qadir into the eight-man elite group by presenting the commemorative cap and plaque to his youngest son Usman Qadir, who is part of Pakistan’s white-ball squad for the ongoing series.

Qadir tool 236 Test and 132 ODI wickets for Pakistan and his best Test performance was, in fact, at the Gaddafi Stadium when he took nine for 56 against England in 1987.

He played seven ODIs at the venue but he is most remembered for his nine-ball 16 not out against the West Indies in the 1987 World Cup that earned Pakistan a one-wicket victory and a place in the semi-finals.

Qadir made his Test debut against England in 1977 and in only his second match in Hyderabad, took six for 44 with the Wisden Cricketers Almanack describing him as the most notable discovery of his type for some time.

Published in Dawn, April 1st, 2022

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