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SASCOC pays tribute to D’Oliveira
- Updated: November 19, 2011
South African-born former England cricketer Basil DOliveira has died at the age of 80 after a long illness, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has learned.
We at SASCOC are saddened by the passing of DOliveria; an unsung hero of our nation, who had to show his class for an adopted country, chief executive of SASCOC Tubby Reddy said following Cricket South Africa (CSA)s confirmation that D Oliveira passed away on Saturday, 19 November.
A character that fought the apartheid era in our country and will be remembered for his long lasting contribution, not only in South Africa, but the world at large, Reddy continues.
DOliveria began his cricket career in Cape Town club cricket but left South Africa for England in the 1960s due to lack of opportunities for non-white players in the apartheid era.
In 1968, D Oliveira became the centre of media attention, when Englands tour of South Africa had to be cancelled as the then SA government refused to accept his selection in the visiting squad. An incident that marked the beginning of SAs cricketing isolation that lasted until 1991.
The all-rounder went onto play 44 Test matches for England between 1966-1972, scoring 2, 484 runs at an average of 40, and took 47 wickets. He also played for the England ODI side.
On behalf of the President of SASCOC Gideon Sam and all SASCOC members, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Basils family and friends. The world has lost one of the greatest men ever lived, and we are grieving with you.”