Dinas: Morton was deserted in his hour of need

President of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) Dinanath Ramnarine in his address at the funeral service for the late West Indies and T&T batsman Runako Morton said, the player was deserted by the sporting associations he represented in his hour of need.

Dinanath Ramnarine

Ramnarine was speaking to a packed Open Bible Church in San Fernando yesterday. The 33 year old Morton died just over a week ago when his car crashed into a pole just shy of the Chase Village flyover.

Morton who was born in Nevis got married in Trinidad and decided to play for that country. In his first season with the national team, he was arrested and charged together with three other persons for the possession of marijuana. This was the middle of a regional game and hence he was dropped from the national team. Over a few days before his death, he was freed of the charge.

According to Ramnarine :” When Runako got into trouble many instituitons he represented deserted him.” Ramnarine asked :”Did Christ cast away the wayward sheep? Did the father throw away the prodigal son?”

Runako Morton

He then went on to praise the Queen’s Park Cricket Club who stood by Morton’s side through his ordeal. “Queen’s Park must be commended by what they did for Morton, WIPA also assisted him and we will continue to assist his family. On the Monday after his death I was to send a legal advisory to the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) as well as the Ministry of Sport indicating to them that he was cleared off his charge and ready to fully resume his career.”

Also on hand to say a few words was batting legend Brian Lara. “Morton was a true Warrior, a great team man. A true Warrior does not have to be the most talented someone who works very hard and this is what Morton did. He knew that in order to get into the West Indies team he had to work hard and he was not afraid to do that.”

Guyana and West Indies leg spinner Devendra Bishoo and West Indies assistant coach Toby Radford listen attentively as young Saeed Bowman plays steel pan yesterday at Arnos Vale. The West Indies team is preparing to take on Australia on Friday in the first of five one-day internationals. (WindiesCricket.com)
Members of the Queen’s Park Cricket club carrying the casket of the late Runako Morton into the church. (Trinidad Express)

More in Sports

Miguel Cummins

Holder stresses execution, consistency for second test

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – After a hiding in the opening Test last week, West Indies will seek to haul themselves back into the four-Test series against India when they second Test bowls off here today at Sabina Park.

default placeholder

Boxers sign contracts for ‘Bad Intentions’ card

The ‘Bad Intentions’ card set for August 27 at the Giftland Mall is now official. Boxers for the five-fight all-pro event inked their respective contracts yesterday, effectively sealing the deal and virtually putting an end to weeks of speculations and verbal sparring.

default placeholder

DCC annual Summer Camp bowls off August 8

National youth Cricket Coach Garvin Nedd, said the annual Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) summer camp is likely to bowl off from August 8 at the club’s Queenstown ground, weather permitting.

default placeholder

Alves unsure of date of resumption of new season

Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Director of Competitions Ian Alves said he is unsure of the exact date for the resumption of the GFF Stag Beer Elite League and if the number of participating teams will be increased.

default placeholder

Alpha United making moves ahead of upcoming season

With only two days remaining in the official transfer window, Alpha United has secured the services of several high profile signings in their attempt to regain their position as the number one team in the nation According to sources close to the club, the Georgetown unit has acquired several players from their Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Stag Beer Elite League rivals ahead of the season.

Opener Leniko Boucher

Boucher hundred frustrates T&T victory bid

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC – Opener Leniko Boucher stroked an attractive hundred to steer Barbados to the safety of a draw, in their opening three-day game of the Regional Under-19 Championship against Trinidad and Tobago here yesterday.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: