‘Who Are We … to Tell the South Africans How to Run Their Country?’ The Women’s Cricket Association and the Aftermath of the D’Oliveira Affair, 1968/69
The D’Oliveira Affair is a famous incident within cricketing history, and yet its impact on the women’s cricket community has until now been absent from the story. This article examines the British Women’s Cricket Association’s decision to cancel their planned stopover in South Africa on their way to Australia and New Zealand, scheduled for December 1968, due to British Government pressure in the wake of the D’Oliveira Affair. It sheds light onto the relationship between the British WCA and their South African counterpart, indicating that the two shared an imperial bond which mirrored that of the MCC and the South African Cricket Association. It is also argued that a study of women’s cricket provides a crucial component of our understanding of Anglo-South African cricketing relations.