by Michael Bascombe
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Dec 15 – Former West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Junior Murray has announced his retirement from regional and international cricket following the completion of the 2007 cricket season, according to Julian Jack, chairman of the selection committee of the Windward Islands’ Cricket Board of Control.
Jack said that the selectors recently held discussion with Murray and he indicated that he would be retiring from first class cricket.
“He has also indicated that he would write to the effect,” Jack said in a brief statement.
Murray has been included in the Windward Islands’ 14-member squad for the upcoming regional tournament.
The 38 year-old Grenadian custodian has already relieved himself of the wicket keeping duties allowing West Indies youth player and countryman Andre Fletcher to hold the gloves.
Murray has played 88 matches for the West Indies, scoring 1596 runs and collected 145 catches and 10 stumpings behind the wicket.
He made his debut for the West Indies in the first One-Day International against Pakistan in Perth in 1992 and then played in his first test against Australia in Sydney in 1993.
But Murray lost his place on the team to Antiguan Ridley Jacobs who became a key player on the West Indies team.
Jacobs retired from international cricket last year.