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Ramnarine: Morton was deserted in hour of need

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Former West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, left and former Nevis Prime Minister, vance Amory, console each other at the funeral of the late Runako Morton yesterday. A sad Ramnaresh Sarwan is at right. Photo Tony Howell


President of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) Dinanath Ramnarine said yesterday that the late Runako Morton was deserted by various sporting associations in his hour of need. Ramnarine was speaking at the funeral service for the former West Indies and T&T batsman who died just over a week ago when his car crashed into a pole near the Chase Village flyover. Addressing a packed Open Bible Church congregation in San Fernando, Ramnarine blasted the many institutions which Morton represented.
“When Runako got into trouble, many institutions he represented deserted him.” Ramnarine asked: “Did Christ cast away the wayward sheep? Did the father throw away the prodigal son?” He however praised Queen's Park Cricket Club which he said stood by the player throughout his ordeal. “Queen’s Park must be commended for 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.”
Morton who was born in Nevis, married in Trinidad and opted to play for this country. In his first season, he was arrested and charged together with three other persons for the possession of marijuana. This took place during a regional game. He was subsequently dropped. A few days before his death, he was freed of the charge. Also on hand to say a few words was batting legend Brian Lara who described him as a true Warrior, a great team man. “A true Warrior does not have to be the most talented. He is 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.”


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