Pat Murphy, is the voice of cricket on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Murphy, one of BBC Sport’s most independent and intelligent minds, has been a vigorous campaigner against racism for more than 30 years. He received formal permission from the BBC to boycott England’s match in Harare only 24 hours before the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed its determination to fulfil the fixture in defiance of widespread public opposition.
Murphy was an enthusiastic supporter of the Stop the Tour movement in 1970 which forced the cancellation of South Africa’s tour of England and became a catalyst for change in the republic.
In addition to the recent World Cup, Pat has commentated on 12 England tours, and will be once again covering the England Test against Zimbabwe at the end of May 2003.
Pat has been an author since 1977, writing biographies on Viv Richards, Allan Donald, Ian Botham, Bo Willis and has work in collaboration with Brian Clough, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Graham Gooch. Currently writing Alec Stewarts biography.
Besides cricket, Pat also writes a regular column with Brian Clough in the 4-4-2 football magazine, and regularly commentates on football matches for Radio 5 Live.
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