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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June, 2005, 23:11 GMT 00:11 UK
D'Oliveira 'proud' to get honour
Basil D'Oliveira
Unwittingly, D'Oliveira had a bigger effect on politics than cricket
Former England Test cricketer Basil D'Oliveira has been awarded the CBE in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

His inclusion in a 1968 squad to tour the country of his birth South Africa caused outrage, and ultimately led to the sporting boycott of the country.

Son Damian D'Oliveira said: "We are all proud and delighted that he has been honoured in this way."

His 73-year-old father is suffering from Parkinson's Disease and requires round-the-clock care in a nursing home.

D'Oliveira senior played in 44 Test matches for England after leaving his native South Africa and was a highly-proficient batsman and medium-pace bowler.

He played from 1964 until 1980 for Worcestershire, who last year opened the Basil D'Oliveira Stand in his honour at New Road.

The documentary has highlighted again the apartheid situation
Damian D'Oliveira

But he is best remembered for being caught up in a race storm in 1968, when England withdrew from a tour of South Africa after the hosts objected to the presence of the 'Cape-coloured' D'Oliveira in the squad.

The 'D'Oliveira Affair' was highlighted in an award-winning BBC documentary recently, and Damian, now assistant coach with Worcestershire after playing for them for 13 years, insists interest in his father's story has not waned.

He said: "The documentary has highlighted again the apartheid situation and the part Basil had in all of that scenario over 35 years ago.

"Since it came out, I've had young kids coming up to me and saying 'we didn't realise what went on'."

D'Oliveira senior is already an OBE, and in 2000 was recognised as one of the top 10 South African cricketers of the 20th century.

His name was also given to the trophy presented to England for their winter series victory over South Africa.

And from now on, the two teams will always play for the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy.


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