Tributes have poured in for former Netherlands captain Dik Abed who has died at the age of 73.

Born in South Africa he played with great distinction for Western Province in the 1960's where he gained a reputation as a formidable bowler and a more than useful batsman.

He was a legendary figure in the Lancashire League with Enfield where he scored more than 5000 runs and captured 800 wickets between 1967 and 1976.

He later moved and settled to Holland where he played with VRA and led his adopted country in the 1982 ICC Trophy in England, which was won by Zimbabwe.

Cricket South Africa paid tribute to him saying: "On behalf of the CSA Family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his many cricketing colleagues. He was an outstanding all-rounder who, like many before and after him, was denied the opportunity to play on the international stage that his talents merited."

Former KNCB Vice-Chairman and CricketEurope Netherland editor Rod Lyall mourned his passing declaring on social media: "Very sad to learn of the death of Dik Abed, an outstanding cricketer, upholder of the Spirit of the Game, and unfailingly a gentleman. Lovers of the game in South Africa, Lancashire and the Netherlands will mourn his loss. Well played, sir!"

ICC Match referee Dev Govindjee paid a glowing tribute to the legend, "Deepest sympathies go out to the cricket loving family of Dik Abed who has sadly passed away in The Netherlands. "Wonderful SA Cricketer who left our country to make his mark on the International scene. #RIP Great All-Rounder. Different place different times & who knows!"