Chairman Keith Oliver receives OBE from Queen
Cricket Scotland’s Chairman, Keith Oliver, last week collected his OBE for services to cricket in Scotland by Her Majesty the Queen.
After 12 years at the helm of the national governing body north of the border, Mr Oliver has been instrumental in overseeing the sport’s transition over the years.
He has also been a key member of the ICC’s (International Cricket Council) Executive board, where he has championed the causes of the Associates and Affiliates.
Mr Oliver has formerly been the voluntary Chairman of The Lords Taverners in Scotland, contributing greatly to the role of this famous youth cricket and disability sports charity, which is dedicated to giving disadvantaged and young people a sporting chance.
Mr Oliver said, “Receiving this award was an unforgettable experience, which included a discussion with the Queen about Scottish cricket.
I have loved cricket since I was a boy, inheriting that passion from my father and grandfather - cricket is in my blood. My involvement with Scottish Cricket and the ICC has been the fulfillment of a lifetime’s interest and so it was a great honour to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the great game of cricket from Her Majesty.
The ceremony and indeed the whole day at Holyrood Palace was unique and very moving. I was especially proud to have my family there with me to share the day see me collecting my award.”
Mr Oliver’s daughter, Melissa, also paid tribute to her father’s achievement, “It is a wonderful thing to see him being honoured in this way.”