Basil D'Oliveira

The D’Oliveira family is synonymous with St. Augustine Cricket Club. One of the best cricketers to come from ‘Saints’ was the late Basil ‘Dolly’ D’Oliveira. Due to Apartheid he chose to ply his trade in England and represented Worcestershire prior to being selected for national team. The right-handed all-rounder became an international symbol for the fight against Apartheid when refused entry to South Africa with the English national side.

The man who triggered the international cricket boycott of South Africa

Basil Lewis D’Oliveira (4 October 1931 – 19 November 2011) was an England international cricketer of South African Cape Coloured background, whose potential selection by England for the scheduled 1968–69 tour of apartheid-era South Africa caused the D’Oliveira affair. Nicknamed “Dolly”, D’Oliveira played county cricket for Worcestershire from 1964 to 1980, and appeared for England in 44 Test matches and four One Day Internationals between 1966 and 1972.

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