West Indies mourns Mortons death

West Indies mourns Mortons death


Port-of-Spain: The West Indies cricket fraternity mourned the
tragic death of cricketer Runako Morton who died in an accident March 4.

was killed Sunday night at Chase Village, Chaguanas. His death has
generated an outpouring of sympathy and love for the 33-year old Nevisian
who lives in Princes Town, south Trinidad.

He was returning home
after representing the Queen's Park Cricket Club in their Trinidad and
Tobago Cricket Board Premiership match against Trinidad and Tobago
Electricity Commission (T&TEC) team.

Sports Minister Anil
Roberts said that his ministry and the Sports Company of Trinidad and
Tobago mourn "the loss of this young man, dynamic cricketer, husband and
father and commiserate with the many close friends and family he leaves

Julien Hunte, president of the West Indies Cricket
Board, said that Runako's passing, still in the prime of his life, leaves
us all in shock.

"He will be remembered as a fierce competitor on
the field who gave no quarter whether he was playing for the West Indies,
Leeward Islands, Nevis or Trinidad and Tobago."

Azzim Bassarath,
president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, said Runako was a
cricketer who was blessed with a lot of talent and had a lot to add to his
contribution to Trinidad and Tobago.

"He will certainly be missed
by everyone who had the opportunity to see him play and to interact with
him," Bassarath said.

The management and members of the Queen's
Park Cricket Club (QPCC) are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of

Runako joined the Club as a playing member six years ago,
and has been a stalwart on the field. He was named as one of the club's
five cricketers of the year, five times out of six.

Ramkessoon, chairman of the National Selection Committee, said that he was
a competent batsman and excellent fieldsman. "He was the great competitor
who made his mark in the short time that he graced the local cricket

Runako played 15 Test matches, 56 ODIs and seven T20s
since making his debut in 2002, a decade ago. He had to his credit 573
runs in Tests and 1,519 in ODIs.

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