David Murray (cricketer)
|Full name||David Anthony Murray|
29 May 1950 |
|Bowling style||Leg break|
|Relations||Everton Weekes (father)
Ricky Hoyte (son)
|Test debut||31 March 1978 v Australia|
|Last Test||2 January 1982 v Australia|
|ODI debut||7 September 1973 v England|
|Last ODI||5 December 1981 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricket Archive, 17 October 2010|
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 on to 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.