March 6, 2012

Cricketer Runako Morton dies in Road Mishap

Former West Indies opener Runako Morton died in a fatal road accident on Monday. He was 33. Morton's life and career remained controversial before he breathed his last on March 4.

Morton played 15 Tests for the West Indies and scored 573 runs at an average of 22.03. His highest score was 70*. He scored 4 fifties in Tests. Morton also played 56 ODIs and scored 1,519 runs at an average of 33.75. He scored two hundreds and 10 fifties. His highest score was 110*.

Morton scored just 96 runs in the seven T20 matches he played. He had made his ODI debut against Pakistan in 2002 and played his last ODI against Australia in 2010. Morton made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2005 and played his last Test against Australia in 2008.

During his cricket career, he played with the West Indies, Leeward Islands, Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago.

His cricket career was full of controversies. He was expelled from the West Indian Academy in July 2001 on disciplinary grounds, but was recalled after one year. HE pulled out of the ICC Champions Trophy in September 2002, faking his grandmother's death.

Morton was arrested on stabbing allegations in January 2004. However, he was released without any charge. In March 2011, Morton and Leeward Islands all-rounder Tonito Willett were arrested for the possession of marijuana. They were later released on bail.

Morton's former captain Chris Gayle tweeted, "We lost a True Warrior W.I Cricketer Runako Morton-May is soul rest in peace! Our memories together Live On!-My Condolences to his Family."

England all-rounder Kevin Pietersen condoled his death. "My thoughts go out to Runako Morton's family this morning... Such sad news!! What a lovely guy & fierce competitor!! RIP bossman!!!" he tweeted.

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