Former spin-leg teacher Abdul Qadir Khan died of cardiac arrest at the age of 63 in Lahore, his family confirmed Friday.
Khan's son, Salman Qadir, confirmed the disappearance of the iconic cricket player. The former star was transferred to the Hospital of Services after the heart attack, but could not survive.
"My father never had a heart problem, so it was sudden and surprising that he suffered a severe attack and could not survive," said Salman Qadir AFP.
Known as the dance bowler due to his peculiar bowling style, Abdul Qadir played 67 events and 104 one-day international matches for Pakistan.
The legendary cricket player played his first Test against England in Lahore on December 14, 1977 and his first ODI against New Zealand in Birmingham on June 11, 1983.
He played his last International Test against the West Indies in Lahore on December 6, 1990, while his last ODI was against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on November 2, 1993. He also served as head of the Pakistan team.
He took 236 wickets in test matches throughout his international career, with a better 9-65 against England in 1987. These figures are still the best of a Pakistan bowler in a test inning.
He also took 132 wickets in 104 ODI, with the now Prime Minister and then Captain Imran Khan using it as a weapon of attack at the 1983 World Cup held in England.
Qadir's unique dance action was as attractive as it was destructive, spinning the ball prodigiously and had a lethal googly and a fin.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed deep regret for the disappearance of the famous cricketer and offered his prayers for the aggrieved family.
"Abdul Qadir's death has deprived Pakistan of a great cricketer who criticized his country's name worldwide," the prime minister said in a statement.
"The death of Abdul Qadir has deprived me of a dear friend and made me really sad."
The Pakistan Cricket Board also offered its most sincere condolences to Khan's family and friends.
"The PCB is surprised by the news of the death of the & # 39; teacher & # 39; Abdul Qadir and has expressed his deepest condolences to his family and friends."
The Chief of the Army General Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, expressed his "sincere pain" for the disappearance of the cricket legend.
"The COAS expresses its deep regret for the disappearance of the cricket legend Abdul Qadir," tweeted the General of the Intermediate Services Public Relations Division (ISPR), General Abdul Ghafoor.
“Pakistan has lost a great athlete and a human being. May Allah bless your soul and give strength to the bereaved family to endure this irreparable loss, Ameen, ”said COAS.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed also went to Twitter to express his pain and shock.
"Absolutely shocking news to hear the sad death of the legend Abdul Qadir sahib. May Allah grant him the highest rank in jannah and his family the patience to bear the loss. #Ameen. "
Former bowler Shoaib Akhtar tweeted a video message about Khan's disappearance. He said: "The legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir passed away. I just received this sad news. The revival of the leg spin in cricket is completely attributed to him."
"He inspired a generation of bowlers to spin their legs. Inna lillahi wa inna elaihi rajaoon."
Legendary cricket player Wasim Akram also visited Twitter to pay tribute to Khan.
He wrote: "He was called the magician for many reasons, but when he looked me in the eye and told me that he was going to play for Pakistan for the next 20 years, I believed him. A wizard, absolutely. A leg spinner and a pioneer of your time. "
"Abdul Qadir will be missed, but you will never forget."