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Basil D'Oliveira dies at 80

South Africa-born former England all-rounder Basil D'Oliveira, subject of one of cricket's biggest...

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South Africa-born former England all-rounder Basil D'Oliveira, subject of one of cricket's biggest controversies, has died aged 80, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Saturday.

D'Oliveira's health has been deteriorating for some time, CSA said on its website (www.cricket.co.za) without sharing further details.

Fondly called "Dolly", the non-white D'Oliveira emigrated to England where he enjoyed a distinguished caree as an all-rounder, playing 44 test and four one-day internationals.

England cancelled their 1968 South Africa tour when the ruling National Party objected to D'Oliveira's presence in the team.

No official team from any country subsequently toured South Africa until apartheid was abolished following Nelson Mandela's release from prison in 1990."

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