Warwickshire`s D`Oliveira dead at 53

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.

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