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Last Updated: Friday, 7 November, 2003, 09:30 GMT
Worcestershire honour 'Dolly'
Worcestershire are to honour former England all-rounder Basil D'Oliveira by naming a new stand after him.

He spent his entire first-class career at New Road, scoring almost 19,000 first-class runs and taking 548 wickets between 1964 and 1980.

"He is probably one of the most revered players in the history of the game. We feel sure this is a fitting tribute to his name," said chairman John Elliott.

The new stand will be ready for the start of the 2004 season.

D'Oliveira, whose son Damian also played for the county and is currently on the coaching staff, played 44 Tests and four one-day internationals after coming to England from his native South Africa.

His name will be forever linked with the apartheid issue which resulted in South Africa being exiled from international cricket for more than 20 years.

He was included in the England tour party for the 1968-69 tour, but it was cancelled after the South African government indicated he would not be welcome.


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