Cricket

Basil D'Oliveira awarded Freedom of Worcester

2018-07-19 13:23
Basil D'Oliveira (File)

Cape Town - South African-born and former England batsman Basil D'Oliveira has been posthumously awarded the freedom of the city of Worcester.

According to the BBC website, councillors of the English county voted unanimously in favour of awarding D'Oliveira the honour, after a proposal was put forward and approved by the city's mayor, Jabba Riaz on Tuesday.

The award will be presented to D'Oliveira's family at a civic reception in September and his name will be inscribed on the Honorary Freeman Panel in the Guildhall in London.

D'Oliveira, who was born in Cape Town, moved to England in 1960 as he was not eligible to play for South Africa under Apartheid regulations.

He made headlines in 1968 when he was included in the England squad for the tour of South Africa which had to be called off as the South African government refused to accept his presence.

D'Oliveira played for English county club Worcestershire between 1964 and 1980, and represented England in 44 Tests.

Worcestershire honoured D'Oliveira in 2003 when they named a new stand after him at their New Road ground.

D'Oliveira passed away at the age of 80 in November 2011 after a long battle against Parkinson's disease.

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