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.
Peter Hain MP
As a schoolboy in South Africa, I both learnt to play cricket and to adopt fierce anti-apartheid beliefs.
I always quote Basil as one of the real gentlemen of cricket...
Basil D'Oliveira may be remembered more as an innocent pawn in the game of international politics rather than a top quality international all rounder.
It was Gerald Davies for Rugby - Peter Bonetti for Football - and Basil D’Oliveira for Cricket. My sporting idols.
Sir John Major KG CH ACIB
When Basil D'Oliveira was in his prime, I was just a young cricket lover.