London: Damian D`Oliveira, the director of Warwickshire`s academy and son of England great Basil D`Oliveira, has died at the age of 53, the county confirmed on Sunday.
He had been battling cancer for the last two and a half years.
A statement on the county`s official website read: "The players were informed of the news of his death shortly before the start of today`s County Championship match with Glamorgan at New Road.
D`Oliveira played for Worcestershire between 1982 and 1995 and scored more than 9,000 first-class runs.
In his capacity as academy director he had overseen the introduction of a number of talented players into the first team at New Road, including his son Brett.
D`Oliveira`s father Basil passed away at the age of 80 in November 2011 after a long battle against Parkinson`s disease.