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Goodbye to David Murray

November 29, 2022

 By David Harris Freelance Journalist  Barbados

Former Barbados and West Indies wicketkeeper David Murray died over the weekend a couple of feet from his home at Station Hill, St. Michael.

Murray, 72 was the son of the legendary West Indian batsman, Sir Everton Weekes.

The diminutive Murray played 19 Tests and effected 57 catches and five stumpings, and scored 601 runs at 21.46 including three half-centuries. He kept wickets in 34 Test innings, which gave him a tally of 1.82 dismissals per innings. Murray also played ten One Day Internationals. (ODI)

He played 114 first-class matches and 4,503 runs at 30.84 including seven hundred; additionally, he pouched 293 catches and stumped 30 batsmen in 176 innings.

In 1978 when Australia visited the Caribbean Clive Lloyd led the West Indies to easy wins in the first two Tests. The selectors, however, decided to drop Desmond Haynes, Richard Austin, and Deryck Murray for the third Test at Bourda because of their association with World Series Cricket.

As a result, Lloyd resigned in protest, Alvin Kallicharran was appointed captain, and West Indies fielded five debutants – which included Murray

.During the West Indies visit to Australia in 1981/82 Murray broke a finger during a tour match, but sensing competition from Jeffery Dujon he decided to play on in the Tests more so because there were already speculations that Dujon was a significant better batsman.

At the end of the Test series, the selectors decided to select Dujon over Murray for the subsequent ODIs in the tournament that also involved Australia and Pakistan.

According to reports in the print media, Murray wasn’t pleased and was reported to have said.

“I played two Tests back-to-back with a broken finger, and they didn’t pick me, although I was fitter than before. They wanted me to go with the water cart and I said, ‘Hey, I am not doing that I should be playing".

Murray never played an international match again. In 1983 Murray joined a group of cricketers who went on the first rebel tour to South Africa and repeated the action the next year.

May he rest in peace.