Saturday, 28 February 2015



Abdul Qadir Khan (born 15 September 1955) is a Pakistani international cricketer whose main role was as a leg spin bowler. Later he was a commentator and Chief Selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board, from which post he resigned because of differences with the top brass of Pakistan cricket. Qadir appeared in 67 Test and 104 One Day International ODI matches between 1977 and 1993, and captained the Pakistan cricket team in five ODIs. In Test cricket, his best performance for series was 30 wickets for 437 runs, against 
England in 1987. His best bowling figures for an innings were nine 
wickets for 56 against the same team at the Gaddafi Stadium. In ODIs, his best bowling figures were five wickets for 44 runs against Sri Lanka during the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He was a member of Pakistani team in the 1983 and 1987 Cricket World Cups. Qadir as "a master of the leg spin" who "mastered the googlies, the flippers, the leg breaks and the top spins." He is widely regarded as a top spin bowler of his generation and was included in Richie Benaud's Greatest XI shortlist of imaginary cricket team from the best players available from all countries and eras. Former English captain Graham Gooch said that "Qadir was even finer than Shane Warne".

Personal Life:

was born on 15 September 1955 in 
LahorePunjab, Pakistan. His brother, Ali Bahadur, was also a leg spinner who appeared in 10 first class matches during 1986-87. Qadir's three sons Rehman QadirImran Qadir and Sulaman Qadir also represented different Pakistani teams in the first class competition, while his younger son, Usman Qadir, has played in 12 List A matches.


Qadir one of the most successful spinners of his era. He had a distinct run up, bounding in to the crease, and a great variety of deliveries: there was the orthodox leg break, the top spinner, two googlies and the flipper. He was unique for bowling leg spin at a time when it was not only rare but considered obsolete, and he kept the torch alight for a generation of leg spinners. His fervent appeals made him a great favourite with the spectators but sometimes got him into trouble with umpires. Qadir played 67 Test matches during 1977 to 90 and took 236 wickets, with an average of 32.80, including 15 five wicket hauls. His best
 bowling performance was against England at the Gaddafi StadiumLahore in 1987. He also scored 1,029 runs including three fifties. Qadir made his Test debut at his home ground, Gaddafi Stadium, against England in December 1977, he took one wicket in the solitary innings and made 11 runs in the only innings he played. In the second innings of the second Test played at the Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, he took his first five wicket haul-six wickets for 44 runs in 24 overs. Qadir remained highest wicket taker of the series, taking 12 wickets in three matches conceding 305 runs. Qadir's second Test series, in England in 1978, was an injury plagued let down, but he was a strong and established force by his return in 1982, when his six wickets in the Lord's Test played a major role in a historic Pakistani victory. He took ten wickets in the series with an average of 40.60.
Qadir's first significant performance came in the 1982 to 83 series against Australia, taking seven wickets for 156 runs and 11 wickets for 218 runs in the first two Test maches man of the match in both the matches. He accumulated 22 wickets Pakistani record against Australia conceding 562 runs and
with the average of 25.54 in the three Test series. Due to his performance with the ball, he won the man of the series award for first time in his Test career. Pakistan clean sweeped the series, winning the first and the third Test by nine wickets each, and the second Test by an innings and three runs. Qadir took 19 wickets for 451 runs with the help of three five wicket hauls in following home series against England. Pakistan recorded their first series win against England. In 1985-86 home series against Sri Lanka, he took six wickets in the third match at Karachi. At the Kennington Oval in 1987, Qadir's ten wicket haul ensured another series win, this time in England. Three months later, Qadir brought his art to an all new level  in the next home series against the same team taking 30 wickets for 437 runs in three Tests including the best bowling figures in an innings by a Pakistani, nine wickets for 56 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium. This is also the seventh best performance for an innings in Test cricket, and the best by any bowler against England. He achieved his career best performance in an innings, 61 runs, at the National StadiumKarachiQadir's tremendous performance earned him another man of the series award, and Pakistan won another series against England. During this crusade, he moved past the 200 wicket mark, becoming the first man from his country ever to do so. Qadir was ineffective against India in the 1989-90 home series, taking only six wickets from four Tests with an average above 57. He played his last Test against the West Indies in December 1990 at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Qadir made his ODI debut against New Zealand at Edgbaston during 1983 Cricket World Cup; he took 
four wickets for 21 runs in 12 overs, earning him the man of the match award. He took 12 wickets for 264 runs in the tournament with an average of 22.00, including a five wicket haul against Sri Lanka at the Headingley StadiumLeeds. In the1983-84 World Series Cup, Qadir played eight matches and took 15 wickets at the average of 18.13, including five wickets for 53 against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, a match Pakistan lost by 43 runs. In the 1985-86 home season, he took six wickets against Sri Lanka, and five wickets against the West Indies including four wickets for 17 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium. Qadir's eight wickets in six matches were the second highest figures against India in 1986-87. Qadir captained the Pakistan cricket team during England's tour to Pakistan, losing all the three matches; he topped the list of highest wicket takers during the 1987-88 series between the teeams, with eight wickets at the average of 13.17. He took six wickets during the 1988-89 Wills Asia Cup at the average of 17.00, including three wickets for 27 runs, against India in the fifth match at the Bangabandhu National StadiumDhaka. During the Nehru Cup in 1989-90, he was second in the list of leading wicket takers, with 12 wicket from seven matches at the average of 21.75. His best figure in a match during the tournament were three wickets for 27 runs, against Australia at the Brabourne StadiumBombayQadir played his last ODI against Sri Lanka at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in 1993. In total, Qadir played 104 ODIs during 1977-93, taking 132 wickets and averaged 26.16. He also took two five wicket hauls, including his best ODI performance of five wickets for 44 runs against Sri Lanka during the 1983 World Cup. He scored 641 runs in ODIs, and his highest score in this format of the game was 41 not out.


Qadir was captain the Pakistan cricket team in five Test matches during 1987-88 and 1988-89, losing four of them. He was not successful as a captain. He captained Pakistan for the first time against England, in absence of regular captain,Javed Miandad. The three matches he captained in, against the same team, were lost by Pakistan. In ODI matches, Qadir captained Pakistan against Bangladesh and India in the fourth and fifth match of the 1988 Asia Cup respectively; Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 173 runs, and lost to India by four wickets.
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