A Tribute to Basil D'Oliveira's Career
These are some of the comments and testimonials to Basil D'Oliveira's life & career, from those who knew him personally and others whose lives he touched.
My first appreciation of Basil D'Oliveira was actually in Kenya during the early 1960's when he played for the Commonwealth selection XI at the Sikh Union Ground in Nairobi.
You don't run into too many Basil D'Oliviera's in a lifetime. How wise John Arlott was when he recommended Basil to the cricketing fraternity in this country.
The mark of the man...
Basil Doliveira's innings of 158 in the first England innings at the Oval, had an impact not just on sport but on the history of the world...
Basil D'Oliveira was a beacon to me. Personal courage and dignity of demeanour is so important and most especially to young people looking - perhaps unknowingly - for a role model.