Lahore: Pakistan’s legendary spinner Abdul Qadir passed away due to a cardiac arrest in Lahore on Friday (September 6). He was 63.

The official Twitter handle of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it was “shocked” at the news of legspinner Qadir’s passing away.

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“PCB is shocked at the news of 'maestro' Abdul Qadir's passing and has offered its deepest condolences to his family and friends,” PCB tweeted.

Qadir was born on September 15, 1955 in Lahore. He played 67 Tests and 104 ODIs for Pakistan. After retirement, he served cricket in several roles and was also a chief selector.

He played in the 1983 and 1987 World Cups. He made his Test debut against England in 1977. He took 236 Test and 132 ODI wickets.

Former India batsman VVS Laxman wrote on his Twitter account, "Sad to hear about the demise of Abdul Qadir. Was always mesmerised by his unique style of bowling and he was one of the best leg-spinners to play the game. Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones."

India offpinner Harbhajan Singh tweeted, "Shocked to hear Abdul Qadir passed away.met him two years back he was full of energy as always..A champion bowler,Great human being,you will be missed forever..condolences to the family..🙏🙏 #RIPabdulqadir."

Several former cricketers expressed shock at the demise of Qadir.