The Basil D'Oliveira affair changed all that. D'Oliveira was a mixed-race South African (partly black - "coloured" under the Apartheid classification). Unable to play for his national side, he came to England and played for them instead, going on tour to the West Indies in 1967. His performance on that tour was not impressive, and he was omitted from the Ashes Test squads in the following summer until the fifth and final Test at the Oval. He scored 158, and was expected to make it to the team to tour South Africa in winter. When initially he wasn't selected, there was great controversy in England, with the English Test selectors being accused of pandering to the racist regime in South Africa. Then, when a vacancy became available through another player dropping out, D'Oliveira was selected in his place. But South African Prime Minister John Vorster opposed his selection, saying that it was not a team of the Marylebone Cricket Club, but of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. England did not tour.
However, Australia did tour in 1969/70, with the Springboks whitewashing them 4-0, making them unofficial world champions of the sport. They did not play another official Test match for 22 years. Their tour to England was called off in 1970, with England hastily arranging a tour by a Rest of the World team, which itself included some South Africans.
Garry Sobers, the West Indies' captain and their best cricketer, caused controversy by coaching and playing in Rhodesia in 1969. In September 1970 he caused even greater controversy by playing in a double-wicket competition that heralded the start of the cricket season there . Although Sobers spent only 48 hours in Salisbury, he had time for lunch with the prime minister, Ian Smith, and described him as a great man to talk to. Sobers' statement and his participation in the tournament gave Caribbean politicians an opportunity to make clear their hatred of apartheid and racism. The Guyanese prime minister, Forbes Burnham, said Sobers was not welcome in his country until there was an apology. The Jamaican government called for his resignation as captain. The Indian prime minister, Indira Gandhi, forbade the Indian cricket team to tour the West Indies until the matter was sorted out.
In another attempt to get a touring international side to visit, the South African Board of Control invited New Zealand to play three matches against multiracial sides when they were en route to England. However, New Zealand declined the offer.
However the first "international" games played by South Africa post-isolation occurred after this. Derrick Robins, a millionaire businessman and chairman of Coventry City Football Club, had organised a number of private cricket tours in the past, arranged a tour to South Africa that took place between 1 January 1973 and 6 February 1973. His XI included many England Test players, who did not have to suffer bans as a result of it. Robins' aim was for his XI "to do so well that you will invite us back again". His players were also aware that England's Test selectors would notice how they performed.
There was some criticism of his decision to come to apartheid South Africa, which Robins dismissed by saying, "I do not want to answer political questions, but I'll say this: we are a team of English cricketers on a private tour, here to play anyone our hosts want us to play against." However, an attempt to mobilise opposition in England soon fizzled out.
The highlight of the tour was a 4-day game against a representative South African XI, the closest South Africa had come to choosing a Test squad since 1970. This game was changed to be the last one - highlighting that the tourists were treating their games seriously, rather than as a cricketing holiday. All the leading South African cricketers played, including many who had played Test matches before South Africa's expulsion from the world cricket community.
In this game DH Robins' XI won the toss and chose to field: that was a mistake as, courtesy of 100 runs from Barry Richards and 97 for Andre Bruyns, they piled on 387 runs. A strong all-round bowling performance saw DH Robins' XI get dismissed twice for under 160, with no player scoring more than 32, and the match end within 3 days. A 50 overs a side game was played on what would have been the fourth day. A tight match saw the South Africans edge home by 1 wicket.
DH Robins' XI team squad comprised: Anthony Brown; David Brown; Frank Hayes; Jackie Hampshire; Robin Hobbs; David Hughes; Robin Jackman; Roger Knight; John Lever; Peter Lewington; Arnold Long; John Murray; Clive Radley; Mike Smith; David Turner; Peter Willey; Bob Willis;
South African International XI (effectively a South African representative team) comprised: Ali Bacher (captain); Eddie Barlow; Andre Bruyns; Jackie du Preez; Lee Irvine; Donald Mackay-Coghill; Ken McEwen; Mike Procter; Barry Richards; Peter Swart. Additionally, Vintcent van der Bijl played in the one-day match, but not the 4-day match; Rupert Hanley played in the 4-day match, not the one-day match.
|1,2,3 Jan||DH Robins' XI (306-4d & 135) lost to Eastern Province (218 & 224-4) by 6 wkts||St George's Park, Port Elizabeth||3 days|
|5,6,8 Jan||Western Province (371-2d & 175-2d) beat DH Robins' XI (234 & 191) by 121 runs||Newlands, Cape Town||3 days|
|12,13,15 Jan||DH Robins' XI (344-9d & 199-4d) drew with Transvaal (275-6d & 188-8)||New Wanderers, Johannesburg||3 days|
|19,20,22 Jan||Natal (180-8d & 227-8d) lost to DH Robins' XI (250-9d & 160-6) by 4 wkts||Kingsmead, Durban||3 days|
|2,3,5 Feb||DH Robins' XI (237 & 200-5d) drew with Combined Section B XI (208-8d & 85-4)||Berea Park, Pretoria||3 days|
|2,3,5 Feb||Invitation Section A XI (387-9d) beat DH Robins' XI (118 & 152) by an innings and 117 runs||New Wanderers, Johannesburg||4 days|
|6 Feb||DH Robins' XI (146) lost to South African Invitation XI (147-9) by 1 wkt||New Wanderers, Johannesburg||50 overs|
At the start of the next South African season, Derrick Robins took another group of tourists to South Africa. Only Mike Smith and John Lever of those who toured earlier in 1973 went on this tour. Whilst the other players on the team were mostly English, there were also a number of players from other countries. Most notably the tour included Pakistani Younis Ahmed and West Indian John Shepherd. The other players in the touring squad were (English unless stated otherwise):
After four warm-up games against the provinces, the tour included five games against fully representative South African sides, four of which were over 4 days, the other a one-day match over 50 overs.
The South Africans who played in each of these representative squads were: Hylton Ackerman; Eddie Barlow (captain); Anthony Biggs; Lee Irvine; Graeme Pollock; Mike Procter; Barry Richards; Vintcent van der Bijl. Additionally, Peter Swart played in the 4-day games, but not the one-day game; Jackie du Preez and Anthony Smith just played in the first two 4-day games; Pelham Henwood and Rupert Hanley played in the third 4-day game and the one-day game; and Kevin Verdoorn only played in the one-day game.
The first of the representative games contained little of note, with slow scoring (South Africa's second innings of 287 took 112 overs) meant that it ended in a draw. The second game was dominated by two huge scores. John Edrich made 170 for DH Robins' XI, then Barry Richards made 180 for South Africa to ensure a second draw. The third and final first-class representative game started with South Africa winning the toss and putting DH Robins' XI into bat. DH Robins' XI only made 227 for 9 declared. The South African innings was dominated by 211 from Eddie Barlow and 125 from Lee Irvine as they piled on 528, with John Lever taking 6 for 117. A strong performance of 4 for 66 from Vintcent van der Bijl then helped South Africa dismiss DH Robins' XI for 218 to record a strong win in the match, and to take the three-match series 1-0.
The very next day DH Robins' XI got some revenge in the only one-day game of the tour in a low scoring, but tight match.
|26,27,29 Oct||Western Province (286-4d & 149-5) drew with DH Robins' XI (375-4d)||Newlands, Cape Town||3 days|
|2,3,5 Nov)||DH Robins' XI (222-8d & 98-2d) drew with Natal (134-7d & 32-0)||Kingsmead, Durban||3 days|
|9,10,12 Nov||Transvaal (217-9d & 199) lost to DH Robins' XI (303-6d & 116-2) by 8 wkts||New Wanderers, Johannesburg||3 days|
|16,17,19 Nov||Eastern Province (123 & 206) lost to DH Robins' XI (261 & 69-2) by 8 wkts||St George's Park, Port Elizabeth||3 days|
|23,24,26,27 Nov||South African Invitation XI (278 & 287) drew with DH Robins' XI (329 & 142-5)||Newlands, Cape Town||4 days|
|30 Nov, 1,3,4 Dec||DH Robins' XI (383-9d & 39-0) drew with South African Invitation XI (454)||Kingsmead, Durban||4 days|
|7,8,10,11 Dec||DH Robins' XI (227-9d & 218) lost to South African Invitation XI (528-8d)||New Wanderers, Johannesburg||4 days|
|12 Dec||DH Robins' XI (201-9) beat South African Invitation XI (198)||New Wanderers, Johannesburg||50 overs|
The next games for a representative South African side therefore took place on Derrick Robins third tour to South Africa in March and April 1975. This DH Robins' XI was again an international side. Captained once again by Brian Close, it included the following players from Robins' preceding tour: Bruce Francis (Australian), John Sheppard (West Indian), Roger Tolchard, Younis Ahmed (Pakistani). In addition, the following also toured: Malcolm Francke (Sri Lanka/Australia), Geoff Greenidge (West Indies), Tony Greig (South African-born England player, Jackie Hampshire, Frank Hayes, Eddie Hemmings, Terry Jenner (Australia), John Lyon, Clive Radley, Stephen Rouse, John Steele, Stuart Turner, Max Walker (Australia).
The South African Board President's XI was again captained by Eddie Barlow. It also, for the very first time in a South African representative match, included two black players. Edward Habane played in both the first-class match (the only one he ever played) and the one-dayer. Sedick Conrad played only in the first-class match. The other players were: Darryl Bestall, Simon Bezuidenhout, Rupert Hanley, Pelham Henwood, Lee Irvine, Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards, Vintcent van der Bijl. Also Peter Swart played in the one-day match, but not the first-class match.
The first-class match featuring the South African Board President's XI was dominated by an innings of 155 by South African legend, Eddie Barlow. DH Robins' XI was skittled out thanks to hauls of 5 for 41 from Pelham Henwood in the first innings, and 5 for 44 from Vintcent van der Bijl to leave the South Africans winners by 260 runs. More remarkable than the scores, however, was the inclusion of Edward Habane and Sedick Conrad, both black, in the South African squad. This was the first time coloured South Africans had played first-class cricket against a touring side since a South African Malays team played an English touring side in the 1890s.
The 40 over representative match was a low-scoring affair, with Barry Richards' 68 helping South Africa to a 5 wicket win with 6 balls to spare.
|1,2,3 Mar||Natal (257 & 172-7d) drew with DH Robins' XI (164 & 220-6)||Kingsmead, Durban||3 days|
|7,8,10 Mar||DH Robins' XI (232-6d & 280-7d) lost to Eastern Province (254-6d & 260-5) by 5 wkts||St George's Park, Port Elizabeth||3 days|
|14,15,17 Mar||DH Robins' XI (309-3d & 210-8d) drew with Transvaal (283-7d & 149-2)||New Wanderers, Johannesburg||3 days|
|21,22,24,25 Mar||Western Province (231 & 206) drew with DH Robins' XI (295-6d & 99-5)||Newlands, Cape Town||3 days|
|28,29,31 Mar||South African Board President's XI (371 & 265-4) beat DH Robins' XI (183 & 193) by 260 runs||Newlands, Cape Town||3 days|
|1 Apr||DH Robins' XI (160) lost to South African Board President's XI (162-5) by 5 wkts||Newlands, Cape Town||40 overs|
The members of touring party were (England unless stated): Phil Carrick, Trevor Chappell (Australia), Geoff Cope, John Douglas (Australia), Frank Hayes, Mike Hendrick, Geoff Howarth (New Zealand), Andrew Kennedy, Peter Lee, David Lloyd (captain), Derek Randall, Phil Slocombe, David Steele, Fred Titmus, Roger Tolchard, Gary Troup (New Zealand), Dav Whatmore (Sri Lanka).
The South African Invitation XI was again captained by Eddie Barlow. It also included one black cricketer, S Sonwabe. The other players were David Dyer, Rupert Hanley, Denys Hobson, Lee Irvine, Graeme Pollock, Clive Rice, Barry Richards, Anthony Smith and Vintcent van der Bijl.
The representative match was low and slow scoring, with South Africa making 219-7 in their 60 overs. The highlights were half centuries from David Dyer, Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards and 4 for 28 from Gary Troup. DH Robins' XI struggled in reply, collapsing from 125-3 to 164 all out with no player reaching his half century.
|17,18,19 Jan||Natal (249 & 151) beat DH Robins' XI (237-4d & 161) by 2 runs||Kingsmead, Durban||3 days|
|23,24,26 Jan||Western Province (262-8d & 151-7d) beat DH Robins' XI (144 & 191) by 78 runs||Newlands, Cape Town||3 days|
|28 Jan||South African Invitation XI (219-7) beat DH Robins' XI (164) by 55 runs||Newlands, Cape Town||60 overs|
|30,31 Jan, 2 Feb||DH Robins' XI (298-5d & 142-4d) beat Transvaal (195-8d & 137) by 108 runs||New Wanderers, Johannesburg||3 days|
|6,7 Feb||Eastern Province (68 & 157) lost to DH Robins' XI (155-9d & 71-0) by 10 wkts||St George's Park, Port Elizabeth||30 days|
The South African Invitation XI was again captained by Eddie Barlow, who played in all four representative games, as did Clive Rice and Vintcent van der Bijl. A number of coloured players were selected for the Invitation XI. These, and the games they played in, were Abdullatief Barnes 1, 2; Winston Carelse 1, 2; Ismail Ebrahim 3; Devdas Govindjee OD; D Jacobs OD; Farouk Timol 3.
The other players selected for South Africa were Hylton Ackerman OD; Howard Bergins 1, 2, 3; Henry Fotheringham 1; Jack Heron 1; Denys Hobson 1; Lee Irvine OD, 2, 3; Peter Kirsten 1; Douglas Neilson OD; Gavin Pfuhl 1; Graeme Pollock OD, 2, 3; Anthony Smith OD, 2, 3; Barry Richards OD, 2, 3; Lorrie Wilmot 2, 3.
|18,19,20,22 Mar||International Wanderers (220 & 324) beat South African Invitation XI (290 & 69) by 185 runs||Newlands, Cape Town||4 days|
|24 Mar||South African Invitation XI (176-6) lost to International Wanderers (177-5) by 5 wkts||St George's Park, Port Elizabeth||50 overs|
|26,27,28 Mar||South African Board President's XI (321 & 182) drew with International Wanderers (241-5d & 210-9)||St George's Park, Port Elizabeth||3 days|
|2,3,5,6,7 Apr||International Wanderers (134 & 466) drew with South African Invitation XI (324 & 91-8)||New Wanderers, Johannesburg||4 days|
|8,9,10,12 Apr||South African Invitation XI (178 & 269) beat International Wanderers (99 & 226)||Kingsmead, Durban||4 days|
On 17 July 1976 the Montréal Olympics opened without 25 African countries (later joined by 4 others) who were boycotting the games as a result of New Zealand retaining sporting ties with South Africa - the New Zealand rugby union football team were touring South Africa at the time.
In the light of this political strife, new changes were proposed, which included the placing of a moratorium on tours to and from South Africa. And in practice no international tour happened until the first of the South African rebel tours in 1982.