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The Official Tribute Thread


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David_itl

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Sad to report 2 more sporting deaths following on from last week's death of F2 driver Anthoine Hubert.

The 1st one should be considered iconic - Chester Williams who played rugby union for South Africa and was notable for being the breakthrough black player in that side in a sport that was primarily perceived to be played professionally by only white people in that country. He was only 49 years old.

The 2nd one is the former Pakistan cricketer Abdul Qadir,who was the leading light in maintaining the art of leg-spin bowling. His statistics don't reflect his skill but I've seen it noted that when Pakistan who 10 consecutive Test series in the 1980s, their leading bowler was Imran Khan (no surprise) with 125 wickets with Qadir being the 2nd best with 116. Undoubtedly had he been picked more consistently prior to Imran being made captain then his record would be way better, as it would nowadays with the advent of DRS helping spinners get more wickets.That all the tributes by so many leading players make reference to him keeping a "lost" skill alive speaks volumes to where he stands in the history of the game.
 

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