The West Indies men’s team will wear black armbands on the first day of their first Test against Australia at Optus Stadium in Perth as a tribute to former wicket-keeper David Murray, who passed away last week.
Murray, who passed away last week at the age of 72, was the son of West Indies take on Sir Everton Weekes. He played 19 Tests and 10 ODIs for the West Indies from 1978 to 1982.
Murray’s first tour with the West Indies was in 1973 to England. He made his international debut for the West Indies men’s team at The Oval on 7 September, featuring Lance Gibbs, Roy Fredericks, Rohan Kanhai and Clive Lloyd.
His Test debut came in 1978 against Australia in Guyana. He also appeared in 114 first-class matches. But in his international career he mostly stayed under his understudy Derek Murray and was then usurped by Jeff Dujon in the early 1980s.
Murray’s downfall in cricket was caused by his fondness for marijuana and then the fateful decision to be part of a tour of South Africa in the winter of 1983, despite the fact that the apartheid nation was banned from international cricket and got a life ban.
Murray scored a record nine catches in the 1981 Boxing Day Test at the MCG. Murray’s son, Ricky Hoyt, represented Barbados and the West Indies ‘A’ team as wicket-keeper/batsman.
“On behalf of the CWI, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to Ricky, and other members of David’s family and friends. David was a talented wicket-keeper and an elegant middle-order batsman. He loved cricket, and played it with a smile on his face. He will be remembered as a member of the great West Indies squad that dominated on world cricket for over a decade.”
Devoted to the West Indies cricket In a tribute to Murray, on 26 November, the CWI chief Ricky Skerritt said that fans will still remember David’s fine glove work and his feet behind the stumps for Michael Holding and other members of the West Indies’ fearsome fast bowling attack of his day.”
Cricket West Indies (CWI) has also stated that Raymon Reifer has been ruled out of the Test series against Australia. The left-handed player has suffered a hip injury and is therefore not available for selection.
West Indies fielded the first Test Test for Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of legendary batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Tagnarin, who got his Test cap from legendary batsman and Schefnaren’s longtime teammate Brian Lara, impressed with scores of 119 and 56 against a Premier’s XI in Canberra last week.