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David Murray (cricketer)

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Full Name  David Anthony Murray
Born  (1950-05-29) 29 May 1950 (age 64)
Birth Place  Bridgetown, Barbados
Role  Wicket-keeper
Name  David Murray
Relations  Everton Weekes (father) Ricky Hoyte (son)
Education  Pomona College (2012)
National team   West Indies
Batting style  Right-handed
Bowling style  Leg break
Music group  World Saxophone Quartet

David Anthony Murray (born 29 May 1950, Murray's Gap, Bridgetown, Barbados) is a former West Indian cricketer who played in nineteen Tests and ten ODIs from 1973 to 1982.

Murray, a son of the great West Indian batsman Everton Weekes often courted controversy. Dependent on marijuana from a young age, he was almost thrown out of the 1975–76 tour to Australia, only saved by the intervention of the sympathetic senior player Lance Gibbs. His drug habit was reportedly fuelled by a tour of India where he found drugs easily available: "A waiter at the team hotel started the whole thing. There was a market there, near the Gateway of India, where you used to get anything, good African marijuana, everything... it's a great place." By 1978 he had moved onto cocaine.

Though he was probably a finer wicketkeeper, Murray spent most of his international career as understudy to his Trinidadian namesake Deryck Murray, and was usurped in 1981 by Jeff Dujon of Jamaica. Frustrated at his lack of opportunities, he threw in his lot with the West Indian rebel tours to South Africa and received a life ban in 1983.

Murray now lives in poverty at his childhood home in Bridgetown.

References

David Murray (cricketer) Wikipedia


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