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.