The D'Oliveira affair was a controversy over the inclusion of Basil
D'Oliveira, a mixed-race cricketer of South African origin, in the
England cricket team selected to tour apartheid-era South Africa in
1968–69. D'Oliveira had moved to England primarily because apartheid
restricted his cricketing career; he played Test cricket for England
from 1966. The English cricketing authorities wished to maintain
traditional links with South Africa and have the tour go ahead without
incident; the South Africans publicly indicated that D'Oliveira could
play, but secretly worked to prevent this. D'Oliveira's omission from
the tour party, ostensibly on cricketing merit, prompted a public outcry
in Britain; when he was then chosen to replace an injured player, the
South Africans alleged political motivations behind England's team
selection. Following abortive attempts at compromise, the English
cancelled the tour before it began. Sporting boycotts of South Africa
were already under way but this controversy was the first to have a
serious impact on South African cricket. South Africa was almost totally
isolated from international cricket from 1971 to 1991.
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