Former England cricketer and noted anti-racism campaigner Basil D’Oliveira has died at the age of 80. Nicknamed ‘Dolly’, his health had reportedly been in decline for some time.
Basil D’Oliveira was born in South Africa but moved to England in 1960 because there were few cricketing opportunities for non-white players in his home country. In 1968 he was due to go with the England team to South Africa, but when it became clear that he would not be welcome as a coloured player in South Africa, the tour was called off.
The incident marked the start of South Africa’s sporting isolation, which would last for more than two decades. In 2003, Worcestershire, the team for which D’Oliveira played during most of his career, honoured him by naming a stand after him. He scored almost 19,000 first-class runs during his career, and both his son and grandson have become cricketers.
scoring almost 19,000 first-class runs and taking 548 wickets between 1964 and 1980