West Indies news March 16, 2011

Morton and Willett released on bail

ESPNcricinfo staff

Runako Morton, the West Indies and Trinidad batsman, and Tonito Willett, the Leeward Islands allrounder, have been released on bail after being arrested in Port of Spain on Saturday for possession of marijuana. The bail amount was paid by the West Indies Players' Association, the representative body for cricketers in the Caribbean, which will also provide the players legal assistance.

"WIPA has been in close contact with their families and both men have expressed deep regret for the unfortunate incident and the embarrassment and hurt it has caused their teammates, their country, their families and cricket fans throughout the world and they hope that their remorse would not prejudice them in the determination of this matter," Dinanath Ramnarine, the president and CEO of WIPA, said on Tuesday.

"WIPA is committed to ensuring that the players are provided with the necessary support throughout this process. In this instance, WIPA has today, taken the responsibility of ensuring that both players are afforded the necessary legal representation required in this matter."

Morton had been expelled from West Indies' Elite Athletes Assistance Programme last Wednesday but the reason given was not the charge based on which he was arrested, but that he broke a team curfew. The matter will come up for hearing on Thursday morning at the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court.

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  • Godfrey on March 17, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    THIS is extremely unfortunate and embarrassing for all concern, the stuff that WI cricket can do without. especially since the BOARD is doing so much to improve our cricket.LETS do what is necessary to prevent a repeat of this.

  • Derek on March 16, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    These players acted irresponsibly and therefore deserve everything coming to them. By thinking they are ' above the law' or can do as they please even in full knowledge of a curfew and the need to remain focused on their job. They should now be given the FREEDOM they seek away from WIEAP; only after a fine of all monies which they have earned and would earn during the current domestic season. GOOD BYE RUNAKO!

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