KZN Cricket Union honours Basil D’Oliveira

2011-12-28 00:00

THE KZN Cricket Union (KZNCU) has honoured South African-born international fast bowler Basil D’Oliveira, who died earlier this year, by naming the executive boardroom at Kingsmead after him.

He joins former cricket administrator Krish Mackerdhuj in having a room named in his honour at the ground.

The 80-year-old D’Oliveira died on November 19 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

D’Oliveira was classified as coloured under the apartheid regime and was barred from playing first class cricket in South Africa, forcing him to emigrate to England.

He played for England in 44 Tests and four one-day internationals. He had a Test batting average of 40,06 and a Test bowling average of 39,55.

KZNCU president Fa-eez Jaffar told The Witness the impact that D’Oliveira had on South African cricket was immense.

Jaffar said: “In my opinion, if it was not for the achievements of D’Oliveira, then South African cricket would never have been able to achieve what it achieved since readmission. D’Oliveira’s life has been well chronicled and his cricketing life has inspired so many individuals during apartheid and his banning in 1968 from the country of his birth inspired the anti-apartheid sports movement.

“Because of this, and the dignified way in which he conducted himself both on and off the field, and the symbol that he became for those denied the opportunity to play for their country the KZNCU decided to name the executive boardroom after him.”

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