Sports Desk Lahore
Former Pakistan captains Fazal Mahmood and Abdul Qadir were posthumously inducted into the Pakistan Cricket Board Hall of Fame, the PCB announced on Saturday.
The two stalwarts joined Hanif Mohammad, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Zaheer Abbas, who were the initial inductees to the PCB Hall of Fame by virtue of being part of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Fazal, considered the first superstar of Pakistan cricket, and leg-spin legend Qadir were voted on to the Hall of Fame by a 13-person independent voting panel comprising former cricketers and members of the media after the PCB cricket committee had finalised a shortlist of retired players.
“It is befitting that Fazal Mahmood and Abdul Qadir, legends from two different eras, be voted by their peers and admirers into the PCB Hall of Fame for 2021,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja said.
“This is a testament to their enormous popularity and is also a recognition of their services to this great game.
“Fazal’s heroics in the early days introduced Pakistan cricket to the world as a force to be reckoned with and later inspired the next generations of fast bowlers.
The wily, crafty and magical Abdul Qadir revived and reignited the slowly vanishing art of wrist-spin bowling.
“Fazal Mahmood and Abdul Qadir are all-time greats and truly outstanding ambassadors for Pakistan and global cricket. This is just a small token of our appreciation and gratitude towards their contributions.