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Basil D'Oliveira

"Dolly"

Basil D'Oliveira

(1931 – 2011)

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Basil D'Oliveira

Basil D'Oliveira
(1931 – 2011)

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Basil D'Oliveira

(1931 – 2011)
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About Basil
This is an online obituary dedicated in memory of Basil D'Oliveira. Basil Lewis D'Oliveira CBE, known affectionately around the world as "Dolly", was a South African-born English cricketer. Basil D'Oliveira was classified as 'coloured' under the apartheid regime, and hence barred from first-class cricket, resulting in his emigration to England. Basil D'Oliveira played for the England cricket team in forty-four Test matches, and four ODIs. Despite his cricketing prowess, he was best known because of the "D'Oliveira affair", centred around his inclusion in the England side for a planned tour to South Africa in 1968.
Born in Signal Hill, Cape Town, as a boy he would make his way down to the Newlands cricket ground
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in Cape Town, and climb the trees outside to watch the games.
Basil D'Oliveira captained South Africa's national non-white cricket team, and also played football for the non-white national side.
With the support of John Arlott, and the members and supporters of St Augustine's Cricket Club in Cape Town, he emigrated to England in 1960, where the journalist John Kay found him a place in his Central Lancashire League team of Middleton. Basil D'Oliveira noted his surprise at seeing white people doing menial work, and waiting on him in restaurants. He joined the first-class county Worcestershire in 1964 and became a British citizen.
By 1966, he was being selected for England, as an all-rounder, and he
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was one of the Wisden cricketers of the year for 1967.
Basil D'Oliveira played the first Test of the 1968 series against the Australians at Old Trafford.
Basil D'Oliveira was a successful batsman with a low backlift and powerful strokes. When he toured Australia in 1970–71 on the night after they won the series 2–0 he pushed his forefinger into the chest of every Australian he met, saying "We stuffed you".
In 2000, he was nominated as one of 10 South African cricketers of the century, despite not having played for South Africa. In 2004, a perpetual trophy was struck for Test series between England and South Africa, and named the 'Basil D'Oliveira Trophy'. In 2005, he was awarded a CBE
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in the Queen's Birthday Honours. In the same year, a stand at New Road, Worcester, was named in his honour.
Basil D'Oliveira passed away in England, on the 19th November 2011. This is an online tribute to his life and his cricket career. May he rest in peace.
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On 24th Nov 2011
Stephen Watkins
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Heartfelt condolences to Damien, Tracey and family. Basil was one in a million, a honour to know him, be coached by him and drink with him
Deepest sympathy
Steve Watkins (Worcs 1981-3)
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Basil D'Oliveira

This is an online obituary dedicated in memory of Basil D'Oliveira. Basil Lewis D'Oliveira CBE, known affectionately around the world as "Dolly", was a South African-born English cricketer. Basil D'Oliveira was classified as 'coloured' under the apartheid regime, and hence barred from first-class cricket, resulting in his emigration to England. Basil D'Oliveira played for the England cricket team in forty-four Test matches, and four ODIs. Despite his cricketing prowess, he was best known because of the "D'Oliveira affair", centred around his inclusion in the England side for a planned tour to South Africa in 1968.
Born in Signal Hill, Cape Town, as a boy he would make his way down to the Newlands cricket ground...

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Rest in peace Basil
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