Lahore, 13 July 2021: Pakistan Cricket Board has condoled the passing of Abdul Dyer, a former first-class cricketer, cricket patron and a prominent industrialist. He was 84.
Abdul Dyer, a right-handed batsman, played 18 first-class matches and also toured England with Pakistan Eaglets in 1955. Later that year in Bahawalpur against the MCC, Abdul Dyer made his first-class debut.
Abdul Dyer represented PWD in domestic cricket under distinguished civil engineer Kafiluddin, who later designed and built the National Stadium in time for the 1955 Pakistan versus India Test. Kafiluddin also appointed Abdul Dyer as honourary in charge of the iconic venue, a position he held for nearly a decade.
Abdul Dyer was immensely popular for providing employment and support to elite cricketers of that era, as well as contributing in shaping their successful careers, including Hanif Mohammad, by first creating excellent practice and training facilities at his Dyer Textile Mills and then inviting them to make use of these in the lead up to a series or during off-season.
Abdul Dyer was born in Ahmedabad on 15 August 1936 and inherited love of cricket for both his father Ramzan ‘Ramjoo’ Dyer and uncle, Haji Noor Mohammad Dyer (captain) had established Dyer Cricket Club in Ahmedabad. The club continued to exist after Abdul Dyer migrated to Pakistan following the 1947 independence.