The D’Oliveira Legacy
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South Africa made their debut at international level in a One Day International against India in Calcutta on 10th November 1991 after an absence of nearly 21 years. The Proteas, as the team is now renamed, have gone on to establish themselves as one of the most successful international sides in the world. However there is no doubt that without the 'D'Oliveira Affair' the achievements of some of South Africa's current world class cricketers such as Makhaya Ntini, Herschelle Gibbs, Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla, J.P. Duminy and the crop of black or mixed race players that have graced the international field representing South Africa in recent times would probably never have attained their true potential.
The Proteas 2009
2003 World Cup, South Africa
Basil D'Oliveira returned often to coach and play in South Africa's non-white leagues after his Test retirement, and his achievements were acknowledged in 2003 when South Africa hosted the World Cup. Basil led the parade at the opening ceremony at the Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, ironically a ground that he was never allowed to play on in his time as a cricketer. Thabo Mbeki, the then South African President, was joined by his predecessor Nelson Mandela in declaring the tournament open. Many of South Africa's most illustrious sports personalities attended the ceremony including, Graeme Pollock; golfers Gary Player, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen; rugby players Francois Pienaar and Morne du Plessis; marathon runner Josiah Thugwane and racing driver Jody Scheckter. The two hour, £2 million extravaganza, enjoyed a cast of approximately 5000 people who assisted in transforming the chic, modern stadium into a tranquil African glade complete with springboks, baboons and zebras. Giant representations of buffalos, elephants, rhinos, lions and leopards helped with the grand entrance and in all the ceremony was a huge success, celebrating Africa and its unique place on the world map.
The D’Oliveira Stand - New Road, Worcester
Graeme Hick officially opened Worcestershire's new Basil D'Oliveira Stand.
The ceremony took place on May 4 2004, before the start of the National League Division Two clash against Nottinghamshire Outlaws.
New Road chief executive Mark Newton said: "We are inviting as many ex-Worcestershire players that we can contact to the opening ceremony who either played with or were coached by Basil. "The day will be a fitting tribute to one of the game's great legends - a man who has had such an influence on world cricket and beyond."
The stand includes new facilities for disabled spectators, additional public toilets and new catering & bar outlets.
Basil D'Oliveira Stand during the 2007 Floods
New Road on happier days!