According to what can be called a shocking development of cricket, former West Indies wicketkeeper Dawid Murray has passed away. His death happened outside his Bridgetown residence on Monday as he collapsed.
The 72-year-old was known for his glovework behind the stumps and was credited as one of the best wicketkeepers in West Indies Cricket history. Despite it, he got limited opportunities and could only make 10 ODIs and 19 Tests between 1973 to 1982.
Reportedly, he became addicted to smoking cigarettes and even marijuana from an early age. After the conclusion of his international career, he even got himself involved in cocaine addiction.
Due to his drug addiction, the player was also on the verge of being thrown out from the national side. However, with Lance Gibbs’ intervention, he could continue his international career.
The deceased does not have much to discuss on as the lack of opportunities to represent the national team forced the late cricketer to join the West Indies rebel tours to South Africa. For this, he had to face dire consequences for his actions as he received a lifetime ban in 1983.
The disciplinary issues and his decision to turn his back on the national cricket team were among a few factors that ended up making his life miserable. He was forced to lived in extreme poverty in Bridgetown with no source of income and even unable to find a stable job to earn his bread and butter.
According to reports, his health condition kept on deteriorating due to his heavy smoking and drug addiction.
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