West Indies news March 5, 2012

Runako Morton killed in road accident

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Runako Morton, the West Indies batsman, has died in a road accident on Sunday, police have confirmed. Morton, 33, crashed into a utility pole on the Solomon Hochoy Highway in Chase Village in central Trinidad.

He was on his way home from a cricket match, and was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The accident occurred at around 11pm local time. When news spread about his death, many of his team-mates posted condolence messages on Twitter, like Wavell Hinds: "Gone far too soon brother Runako. I will treasure the great memories for sure. R.I.P. God knows best." Rayad Emrit, Morton's Trinidad team-mate, tweeted: "R.I.P. Morton. You'll always be remembered buddy. Gone but NEVER forgotten. We miss you bro."

Julian Hunte, the president of the West Indies Cricket Board, sent his condolences: "Runako's passing, still in the prime of life, leaves us all in shock," Hunte said. "He will be remembered as a fierce competitor on the field who gave no quarter whether he was playing for West Indies, Leeward Islands, Nevis or Trinidad and Tobago."

Morton played 15 Tests and 56 ODIs for West Indies, with his last appearance for his country coming against Australia in a Twenty20 international in 2010. He underachieved as a Test batsman, scoring 573 runs at an average of 22.03 with four half-centuries. He had a better record as a one-day player, scoring 1519 runs at an average of 33.75 with two centuries and ten fifties.

Morton's career was blotted by disciplinary breaches. He was expelled from the West Indian Academy in July 2001, and a year later was called up to the injury-plagued West Indies squad as a replacement for Marlon Samuels. He pulled out of the ICC Champions Trophy in September 2002, after lying about the death of his grandmother. His career slipped further when he was arrested (though released without charge) in January 2004, following a stabbing incident.

His maiden ODI century (110*) came in a losing cause against New Zealand in 2006. Two months later, he scored another century, but in a washed-out contest against Zimbabwe in Trinidad. However, one of his most significant one-day knocks was his match-winning unbeaten 90 against Australia in the 2006 Champions Trophy.

His in-and-out career continued with a recall for the 2007 England trip and he made runs against Zimbabwe later that year but his form never remained consistent. His most recent fifty was the unbeaten 85 against India at Kingston in 2009. His last Test appearance came in 2008 against Australia in Antigua.

Morton was one of the few players from the tiny island of Nevis to play Tests for West Indies. He represented Leeward Islands from his debut in 1996-97 till 2009-10, when he shifted base to Trinidad and Tobago. He scored 4104 first-class runs for Leewards at 44.60 with 11 centuries and 25 fifties. He played five first-class matches for Trinidad, scoring 189 runs.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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  • on March 7, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    When he played well, he was a very elegant batsman, with superb ability.

    Sadly off the field problems and difficulty in playing spin led to him being in and out of the side. He definitely never reached his full potential, which makes it all the more sad that he died so young.

    RIP Runako

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    he was serious batting talent... i still remember his very powerful "straight down the ground" shot played on several occasions...

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Desperately sad news about Morton. He looked like a guy that played with heart and passion on the cricket field, but also had a smile on his face when conversing with the crowd or other players.

  • Cricswap on March 7, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    R.I.P Runako..... Condolences to his Family.... Was a really Good Cricketer!! We all will miss him!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    rest in peace runako :( this is surely a very sad news for world of cricket :(

  • on March 7, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Life is so unpredictable....My deepest condolences....

  • on March 6, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    i am so sorry , but runako was a job well done and we will all miss him , rest in peace ,fighter and may the good lord b with him ......

  • on March 6, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    RIP Runako...my condolence to his family....Peace.

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    R.I.P MATE! :(

    Really a sad news for world cricket

    He was a great personality and will remain so

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    future player 4 west indies

  • on March 7, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    When he played well, he was a very elegant batsman, with superb ability.

    Sadly off the field problems and difficulty in playing spin led to him being in and out of the side. He definitely never reached his full potential, which makes it all the more sad that he died so young.

    RIP Runako

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    he was serious batting talent... i still remember his very powerful "straight down the ground" shot played on several occasions...

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Desperately sad news about Morton. He looked like a guy that played with heart and passion on the cricket field, but also had a smile on his face when conversing with the crowd or other players.

  • Cricswap on March 7, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    R.I.P Runako..... Condolences to his Family.... Was a really Good Cricketer!! We all will miss him!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    rest in peace runako :( this is surely a very sad news for world of cricket :(

  • on March 7, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Life is so unpredictable....My deepest condolences....

  • on March 6, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    i am so sorry , but runako was a job well done and we will all miss him , rest in peace ,fighter and may the good lord b with him ......

  • on March 6, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    RIP Runako...my condolence to his family....Peace.

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    R.I.P MATE! :(

    Really a sad news for world cricket

    He was a great personality and will remain so

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    future player 4 west indies

  • satish619chandar on March 6, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    RIP Mr.Runako Morton.. Great loss to your family.. Deep condolences..

  • AKS286 on March 6, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    RIP morton. loss to cricket. god bless ur family.

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    i cant believe it...Life is so unpredictable....My deepest condolences.......RIP

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    RIP Morton... my condolence with his family and fan...this is a loss to cricket as well...

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Very sad to Know about Runako's sudden death, May His Soul Rest In Peace & my hearty condolence to his family, I miss u a lot my freind......

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Really feel bad for his family.... It is unbelievable & shocking... Runako, u will be always there in my heart as one of the best cricketer i liked from west inidies... My deepest condolences to his family....

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    deepest condolences to his family. R.I.P. Morton.

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    R.I.P. runako morton......

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    My Deepest condolences. RIP Runako

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Sorry RUNAKO MORTON IS NO MORE WITH US.................

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    colourful charater,intense player,gone too soon.great loss to cricket.R.I.P. champ.

  • Haleos on March 6, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    RIP. Morton. No life should be cut short in such a way.

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    really Sad News i can remember him in his debut against Sri lanka

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Its really shocking for cricket fans.

  • Javed_Munir_Dar on March 6, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Really a shock news, feel sorry for his family, my condolence with his family

  • Benzim on March 6, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Condolence to his family & may Allah rest his soul in peace. miss u

  • on March 6, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    My condolence with his family....

  • Coraline_Jones on March 6, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    RIP ... Runako Morton ... Really we miss u ... still remember the days u used to start with Chris ... Hard to digest that u r no more ... May god give courage to ur family and fans to move on in lyf.

  • Athar-Hashmi on March 6, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    It's a bad day for cricket, we miss u a lot, May God bless him. My condolence with his family

  • on March 6, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Sad to hear about Runako Morton's tragic death. My deepest condolences to his family. R.I.P. Morton.

  • Semer on March 6, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    R.I.P Morton. May there be better players inspired by you!

  • lankavigi on March 6, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Shocked to hear about his death. I can remember seeing him as an opener for W.I alongside Gayle. May His Soul Rest In Peace.

  • on March 6, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    it is a very difficult moment for all cricketere's fan. may his soul rest in peace on heaven, i hearltly condolence for their family , that they recovered from heavy losses.

  • on March 6, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Runako u will always remain in our heart we ll miss u buddy

  • on March 6, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    RIP runoko morton ,to me though i dint see him play a lot he was a very potent and talented cricketer and my condolences to his family may god give you the strength to bear this loss

  • on March 6, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    I cant believe this news, unfortunately Runako we will miss you, god give peace to your soul

  • on March 6, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    RIP Runako.... It was a total shock never hoped you wud b gone this soon.... :'(:'(:'(

  • on March 6, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Rest in Peace Runako Morton....

  • on March 6, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    May God Bless Him..He Was Good Player. Condolences to the family...

  • on March 6, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Will always miss you : ( such a sad day

  • on March 6, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    You will be missed! R.I.P.

  • SRT_GENIUS on March 6, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    R.I.P Runako... He was much more exciting than his statistics suggest and a great human being that this article overlooks. Probably someone who knew him better should've written.

  • elamparithi on March 6, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Morton we all miss you............

  • HusseyForever on March 6, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Sad News. May his soul RIP.

  • on March 6, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Sad to know about the death of Runako Morton. Rest in peace!!

  • swaroopjammula on March 6, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    very sad news... may his soul rest in peace

  • Nev_19 on March 6, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Thank you, Runako. RIP. May God grant courage to yr loved ones to be able to bear this loss.

  • on March 6, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    God give peace to his soul.......

  • TenCricket on March 6, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Really Sad, he is a good player, May is soul rest in peace and condolences to his family

  • on March 6, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    it is a sad news ..................................................................................

  • on March 6, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    i loved morton's signature straight drive...pure power and brute force

  • on March 6, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    u wil b missss... rip runako.... :(

  • Atheeq.G on March 6, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    May his departed soul rest in peace. Miss you Runako Morton. Cricket world will miss a great athlete.....

  • on March 6, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    R.I.P.Runako Shakur Morton - A Man who Lived & Played till his Last Day! >>> (A feat only a handful might ever repeat)

  • sanjay37b on March 6, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Very Sad News.World of Cricket has lost one of themost Promising Batsman from W.I.

  • on March 6, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    you have done a good job for WI Cricket. we miss you Runako.............

  • on March 6, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    aww y will be remmberd bro :'( ..really!

  • Cric-enthusiast on March 6, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    May Your Soul Rest in Peace...A sad loss at the prime of one's life.

  • Meety on March 6, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Man that is sad news. I really liked him & thought he should of had more of a run in the national set up. Shame only 33.

  • sunil1271 on March 6, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Rest in Peace Runako Morton all West Indians and the cricketing world will miss you!!!...God bless your soul.

  • on March 6, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace... Condolences to the family...

  • on March 6, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Runako Morton may not have achieved his best, but he certainly gave it his best shot! I will always remember his innings against New Zealand in 2006! Perhaps this is a good time to begin to show our sports personalities that we care! Sincerest condolences go out to his grieving relatives and friends! May he rest in peace! Amen.

  • on March 6, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    I heard the new yesterday about his accident but only get know today morning that he is no more now... so sad condolences to the family

  • 777aditya on March 6, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    this surely is shocking for even cricket fans like me who have just watched him play and did not know him personally - may his soul rest in peace! this comes on the backdrop of another cricketer killed in a road accident in Maharashtra (India) - sad coincidence this - also brings back memories of English cricketer Ben Hollioake killed in a similar kind of an accident about a decade ago

  • nzcricket174 on March 6, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    RIP Runako, I will always remember your legendary run out involving Shiv Chanderpaul. Gone, but not forgotten.

  • JIRAIYAPRO357 on March 6, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    A TRUE WEST INDIES CRICKETER .. YOU WILL ME MISSED GREATLY.. R.I.P.

  • on March 6, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Very painful to hear this sad story, I am hurt really really hurt R.I.P Ronako the whole Caribbean cricketing family will miss you.

  • JIRAIYAPRO357 on March 6, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    A TRUE WEST INDIES WARRIOR YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ALL.. R.I.P

  • AjitNarayan on March 6, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Shocked. RIP, Runako Morton.

  • johnathonjosephs on March 6, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    Great cricketer. Granted, he wasn't an angel (stabbed a cousin, marrijuana possession) but was really a talented cricketer. Always sad when a sportsman departs this world early

  • shahid9522 on March 6, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    very sad, RIP ronako. my condolences to his family

  • filizant on March 6, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Very sad day for cricket, my condolences to the WI team and Runako Morton's loved ones...RIP

  • on March 6, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    good by my brother you touch me dearly rest in peace.condolences to your family. sad day in cricket for real.

  • on March 6, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    You will be missed! R.I.P.

  • on March 6, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    R.I.P. Runako.... Great Memories!!! Gone too Soon, You'll surely Be Missed. :(

  • Rakim on March 6, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return. Condolences to his friends and family in this tough time.... RIP Runako.

  • on March 6, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    RIP RUNAKO U WILL BE MISS

  • Butee on March 5, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    This guy had plenty talent unfortunately the WIBC never seek to harvest his talent. You played well RIP

  • on March 5, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace... Condolences to the family...

  • on March 5, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    WARIAR PLAYR RONAKO MARTIN DAI,,,:) WARE SAD

  • on March 5, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    It's a sad news, he will be remembered forever.....

  • cyborg on March 5, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    very sad , :( a good player , sure going to miss him, condolences to the family

  • on March 5, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    RIP Runako, a fighter down but surely won't be forgotten. His fighting spirit was not a word of mouth but seen in everything he do on the field of cricket.

    Sad day in cricket for real

  • on March 5, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    may your soul rest in peace

  • on March 5, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Absolutely shocked at learning of his demise. A true, true warrior, man of grit and stature who took pride in serving his coutry. R.I.P.

  • on March 5, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    God bless you brother, continue your innings in heaven.

  • Burbon on March 5, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    CG was right , Runako was a true warrior.He had such a passion for cricket , after he made a World record duck Against AU , the next tournament against the same Aussies he came back with a match winning 90. I think it's such bad taste at a time like this for a writer to be highlighting so many negative aspects of his life especially when his positive contributions to our cricket far out weights the neg.

  • rayinto on March 5, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Sabina Park, Jamaica, 2008 - Aus vs WI : West Indies 312 ; Chanderpaul 118, Morton 67 - What fighters are made off! RIP Runako. We will always remember you. You made a place in History.

  • kaydi on March 5, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    A true lover of cricket. i enjoyed watching him play cricket. Sincere condolences to his family. he will surely be missed.

  • Vidyashankar on March 5, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Sad day for Cricket. May his sole rest in peace. Condolence to his family.

  • mozen-rath on March 5, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Always thought, he should have had played more for the WI....RIP.

  • on March 5, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Sleep my brother Runako. We will remember you. To all who are left to mourn your passing I offer my smypathies May your soul rest in eternal Peace.

  • on March 5, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Very Sad :( Gone Far so Early .

  • on March 5, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Very Sad moment for the World Cricket...We miss you Runako.May your soul rest in peace.

  • nide on March 5, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Very calm batsman like misbah rip morton

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    you gave 100% ever,true fighter. may your soul rest in peace

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    it was shocking when i heard the news...W.I lost a real champion player....nd also world cricket lost a graceful cricketer......

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    We miss your actions in cricket buddy..

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    you gave 100% ever,true fighter. may your soul rest in peace

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Really Sad News !! May his Soul Rest in Peace :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Very Aggressive Batsman....But Very Inconsistent..Could not hold his position in WI team.......May his soul rest in peace

  • kameron on March 5, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    we condole for immture death of runako Morton

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    RIP Runako Morton. May God help you in heaven! :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    RIP may his soul rest in peace

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Rest in Peace Runako Morton!

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    He looked talented as any other West Indies cricketer. He was representative of his time - a talent from the West Indies invariably flattering to deceive. His career was marred by too many controversies. He died when he still had a reasonable chance of playing for the West Indies again. R.I.P. Runako Morton.

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    RIP Runako Morton...you will be missed...

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    I remember him top scoring against Australia during the 2007 Champions trophy. His partnership Lara turned the game for the Windies. R.I.P Morton.

  • balajik1968 on March 5, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Shocking. I remember about 20 years ago, Dhruv Pandove, who was seen as a potential Indian cricketer died in an accident. It is always tragic when death comes calling.

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Yesterday only i saw the profile of Runako Morton while going through the batting average of all batsman, at that time i thought "why WI cant bring back Morton?".He is a Warrior,he can face any bowlers with same speed.But now he is no more.Really felt bad.SHOCKING AND CANT DIGEST THESE.MORTON REALLY MISSED U VERY MUCH.UR SOUL REST IN PEACE MORTON.

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Very Sad news... my his soul rest in peace.

  • MWaqqar on March 5, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    I remember Runako as one of my favourite WI cricketers. So sad to know he is gone only 33 years old and that too due to an accident. RIP Runako in Happy Cricketing Grounds.

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Deeply Shocked , We miss you buddy.

  • suharshan on March 5, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Still remember his champion's league 90 against Australia. R.I.P. Runako Morton :(

  • bharath74 on March 5, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Very sad news, deepest condolences,RIP.

  • Robster1 on March 5, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Tragic news. God speed. And you should have played more ODIs for the Windies.

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    SAD DAY IN W I CRICKET, RIP MY FRIEND THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

  • kitten on March 5, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Very very sad, and shocking news. I offer my very sincere condolences to his dear family and friends. He was a wonderful cricketer, and will surely be missed. May his dear soul rest in peace.

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    RIP Runako may his soul rest in peace

  • vamshiparuchuri on March 5, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Tooooooooo sad.........RIP Runako Morton

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Rest in peace Runako Morton :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    RIP Runako Morton...your services will be missed very badly...

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    ineed big loss to windies and all cricket fans

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Very sad news...............................................................

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Very Saddened by this news.....A cricketer with his own way and will be remembered by one and all....RIP

  • Romenevans on March 5, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Rest in peace Runako Morton.. :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Shocked and Deeply Saddened !! Thoughts with the family and friends.

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    It is very sad for whole cricket fans............i am very shocked for this incident..............we miss you RUNAKO.........

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    one of the best cricketer may your soul rest in peace

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Sad end to a gud cricketer, Rest In Peace Runako Morton...

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Rest in Peace ..... Runako Morton

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    RIP Runako, may your soul rest in peace

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Rest in peace Runako Morton :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    DEEP CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY - CRICKET WORLD WILL BE MISSING YOU !!!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    RIP Runako Morton !! May god give all the strength to his family !!!

  • rajithwijepura on March 5, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    May you rest in peace sir.

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Very sad to hear about Runako Morton's tragic death. My deepest condolences to his friends & family. R.I.P Morton! :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Sad...and shocking news! RIP :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    so sad............god blessed him.

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Condolences to his family & love ones. Sad affair.

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    shocking... today only one maharashtra cricketer also died in road accident ..

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    so sad but hav 2 digest....he l rest in piece..

  • mar2000 on March 5, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    SAD, all i can say is JUST TEARS . Runako , Rest in peace .

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Shocked to hear about Morton. Shocking for any human being who dies prematurely. God knows best of our lives.

  • Omarrz on March 5, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    3rd player to die in a car crash.. Ben Hollioake, Monjural Islam and now Ronako

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    RIP...............................................................................

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Rest in peace.....Morton.....

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    May your soul rest in perfect peace.will be missed what a warrior you were.

  • Amerie on March 5, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    My heart goes out to his family. He will be surely missed by the cricket fraternity and his fans. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  • getsetgopk on March 5, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    West Indies seems a world apart from where I live but yet so near as cricket is played on almost every street and corner in Pakistan and whenever there is talk of cricket in gatherings the names of West Indian cricketers come to mind first as if it was a country next to us, West Indian players seems to us one of our own and the tragic death of RIP Morton strikes ever so close to our hearts. Many condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace.

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    The entire Eastern Caribbean is saddened by the untimely passing of the former West Indian and Nevisian batsman Runako Morton. Despite his in-and-out of West Inidies Cricket Team, he was a a typical West Indian batsman - hard-hitting, purposeful in the wicket and a fighter. We all will surely miss him. May his family and friends be comforted at this painful time. Peter Adrien, Business & Finance Consultant, Adriens, St Kitts

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Colli Smith met with an accident and thank God Sobers escaped death. Generally all sports playing men are fast drivers and own fast cars!

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    shocked..!! literally just saw one his videos on youtube few days back..the one with him and shivnarayan run out thing..and today typing this..!! my god ..may he rest in peace.. condolences to his family.. just shocked..!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    RIP Runako Morton...you will be missed.

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    bad news for cricket world. he was a good cricketer, god bless his family. we miss u runako.

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    So sad you will always be remembered..R.I.P

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    I was praying since morning for his life when I hear about road accident but we can't do anything before the will of Allah. Condolence to his friends and family.

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    very sad, so young gone soon, we all world cricket fan remember him always inour heart

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    RIP, I remember him tormenting Zimbabwe in this particular game years back. Ver sad indeed. #Cricket'sBigLoss#

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    very sad to hear ur death may ur soul rest in peace

  • Salluoo7 on March 5, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    very sad he was a good cricketer

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Way too young to die! I am saddened by the news! Condolences to his family and loved ones.

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    omg!!!! hard to digest.....RIP:-(

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    RIP Runako Morton...you will be missed.

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    RIP Runako may his soul ret in peace

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Rest in peace Runako Morton.. :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    JUST SHOCKING - DEEP CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY - CRICKET WORLD WILL BE MISSING YOU !!!!! Same our (Bangladesh) "Manjarul Islam Rana" - We don't want to hare any more shocking incident

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    This is the same incident happpen for english cricket team their player Ben Hollioake younger brother of Adam Hollioake died in a car accident in Melbourne Australia.

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    R. I. P. Runako Morton :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    windies have lost a competetive cricketer, what a waste of youth,may he rip.

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    RIP Runako may god bless his soul and this incident is very bad for his family and WI cricket.

  • rohittttt on March 5, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    A very sad news . Runako was very aggressive and a fighter cricketer of West indies passed away, its very shocking .may his soul rest in peace.

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    R.I.P. Runako Morton.....every cricket fan will miss u... :( :(

  • Sarthak1305 on March 5, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Very sad news. May his soul rest in peace............

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    R.I.P. Runako Morton... :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    dun knw much abt him bt i love cricket nd i respect every player ... RIP morton ... condolences to his family ..

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    U never know when ur time is gonna b up

  • khurrambhai on March 5, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Its always a big loss of cricket when you loss players from any part of the world .... RIP Morton ....

  • umarkhankhattak on March 5, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    so sad and shocking....................

  • lasarge on March 5, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Runako RIP. Those who truly knew you are consoled by the fact that there was more to your life than the downfalls this news article is quick to highlight. Even amidst your triumphs as a batsman they are only too quick to note your efforts werefor a loosing cause. Bless Up.

  • BlorScouser on March 5, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    RIP Runako Morton. Terrible to see a person die so young.

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    may ur soul rest in peace.... runako.......

  • jonesy2 on March 5, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    this is just so shocking and sad. i cant even imagine how his family friends and teammates must be feeling.

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    RIP Runako- joins an unfortunate list of our cricketers who lost their lives in tragic circumstances on the road- a list that includes Collie Smith and Laurie Williams.

    Gone too soon...

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    when i heard runako martin died by road accident really that time i fell very sad and i pray from god that give place him in heavens. runako was good player i will miss him in every moment

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    This is really sad..May your soul RIP Runako :( :(

  • MENDIS_Forever on March 5, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    R.I.P sir. a great player.a real entertainer of the game.Whole cricket world sadly miss u.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    very sad and heartbreakig news ......may his soul ret in peace

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    R.I.P! From a Sri Lankan fan!

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    a very very sad incident..he was an asset for WI cricket.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    R.I.P one of the true tragedies of cricket. :(

  • lasarge on March 5, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Runako you must have contributed more positive things to life than your failures this news article is quick to highlight. RIP

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    May is soul rest in peace yourr memories together Live On-

  • wifan16 on March 5, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    R.I.P!....Thank you for your devotion to WI cricket!

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    A real loss... sad:( My his memory live on for a long time to come!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    It's funny how I got to know about this man. In a game simulation, where I played WI vs Aus, he was a researched pick in the XI. He ended up scoring well and helped cause an upset. Simulation indeed, but I am sure the developers had rightly gauged his potential into the game for it to show in my play, but I digress. My point is. Even if it is so that most of us have never heard of Mr. Morton till this date, however, it is clear that cricket has lost one of it's children, whose future in the sport is now to be forever unknown. Our best wishes, faith, and prayers with him. It is times like these that the entertained must cherish their lost entertainers, and have them forever live on in our memories and thoughts, as those are the only final tributes we can provide. Live on Runako Morton. Live on.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Very sad iindeed. A young life cut short.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    My Condolences to his Family as well.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    RIP Runako Morton.....remember your innings vs australia in champions trophy 2006 at mumbai.....

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    sad............ real shocker............

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    RIP mate. We will miss you!

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Wow.Gone too soon.He will be missed.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Remember Runako Shakur Morton as a big burly hardihittiing right-hander, a more than an agile fielder and a brilliant catcher. Saddened by his untimely demise. R.I.P Runako.

  • Master_Mihil on March 5, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Rest in peace Morton!!!!!!!!!!! Such an unfortunate acciedent!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    very bade rip runako morton wi teammate

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Whyyyyyyyy himmmm... Such an awesome player

  • shatta_dt on March 5, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    RIP my brother; windies has lost a true warrior-who played with a lot of heart.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    R.I.P blood....... a promising cricketer who in my mind because of controversies never fulfill his true potential ...... a great hitter he was

  • Gordo85 on March 5, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Very sad news. He was a good cricketer who I hoped would play for the West Indies again in some format or another. My best wishes to his family and team mates.

  • JavedKhanAfridi on March 5, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    RIP Ronaku Morton. It is tragic day for the world of cricket. My condolences to the bereaved family.

  • janoodot on March 5, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    R.I.P Runako Morton. My deepest sympathies to his family on behalf of Sri Lankan cricket fans.

  • sunny_18 on March 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    may your soul rest in peace.............

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    RIP Runako Morton....May your soul rest in peace...

  • Cricket_Man on March 5, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    REST IN PEACE RUNAKO MORTON. CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY. HE WAS A GOOD CRICKETER.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    very very sad indeed:( RIP Rubako.

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Gome too soon, young, talented and gifted, that was Runako Morton-- May your soul find peace among the ancestors--Condolences to his family. journey on fulfilling your purpose in Higher life. Your presence will be miss here.

  • viratreddy on March 5, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    RUNAKO we r missing u man

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Innalillahi-0-innailaihi rajiun

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Sad News :| My condolanes to his family...

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Very sad indeed...I heard this as it happened here in Trinidad,I was driving home during that time.

  • Unmesh_cric on March 5, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Condolences to his family and friends. This must be really saddening and shocking for them..he was only 33.

  • cricksagar on March 5, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    .....................r.i.p.........................

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    RIP Morton R.I.P Warrior on the Cricket Field.

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    What a terrible loss to WI & TT cricket! My heart goes out to all those close to him. Condolences and God be with you all

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    RIP. Brings back memories of Ben Hollioake who died in similar circumstances. Tragic.

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    RIP Morton :( ............

  • Pavan_15 on March 5, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Its so sad to lose a cricketer who played a crucial role in champions trophy 2006 which was the first in almost 20 years before west indies won any ICC event!!

    Rest in Peace Morton!!

    One of the few game turners i have seen (althouth did'nt do justice to his talent) after chris gayle!!

  • umarkhankhattak on March 5, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    so sad to hear another cricketer vanished from earth ! May God Almighty keep us all away from such shocking incidents !

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    I remember him scoring a blazing fifty against India and won the match from nowhere. Really sad times for West Indies.

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    dang, i remember that knock in the champions trophy being in mumbai and that everyone was stunned to see australia lose in a world event, and it showed west indies' continued form after winning the 2004 format. age only 33 !!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    RIP Runako...Cricketing world is proud of YOU......

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    my deepest condloences to de family an friend of runako morton!!may him soul rest in peace!

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    We are gonna miss him!!!

  • AlanHarrison on March 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Very sad news. Morton clearly had a troubled career, but plenty of talent, as that innings against Australia in 2006 demonstrates; remember this was against one of the greatest teams of all time, who would win both the champions trophy and the world cup in 2006-7 without losing a game apart from that defeat to the West Indies, and who were in a middle of a record-equalling run of 16 consecutive test victories. Condolences to those who know Morton and to the island of Nevis.

  • srt_mkp on March 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    shocking.....still have his run out video involving chaderpaul...RIP RUNAKO

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Very Sad.....May His Soul Rest In Peace :(

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    It's indeed sad to lose someone at a young age. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  • kurupji on March 5, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Very Sad to hear the news. R I P Runako.

  • VijayRajan on March 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Very Unfortunate. He had four or five years left in him. His Grit will be missed. RIP buddy!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    a very sad and tragic news of Renuka morton death although he did not play much for WI but he was a classic batsman. may his soul rest in peace and condenlese to his family members.

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    RIP Runako. True Champion!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Rest In Peace Runako Morton :( Your demise is a loss to cricket !! Wish your family recovers soon !! Wishing them well !!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Terribly sad news, a young man cut off in his prime. A very entertaining batsman to watch.

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  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Terribly sad news, a young man cut off in his prime. A very entertaining batsman to watch.

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Rest In Peace Runako Morton :( Your demise is a loss to cricket !! Wish your family recovers soon !! Wishing them well !!

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    RIP Runako. True Champion!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    a very sad and tragic news of Renuka morton death although he did not play much for WI but he was a classic batsman. may his soul rest in peace and condenlese to his family members.

  • VijayRajan on March 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Very Unfortunate. He had four or five years left in him. His Grit will be missed. RIP buddy!!!

  • kurupji on March 5, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Very Sad to hear the news. R I P Runako.

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    It's indeed sad to lose someone at a young age. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  • on March 5, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Very Sad.....May His Soul Rest In Peace :(

  • srt_mkp on March 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    shocking.....still have his run out video involving chaderpaul...RIP RUNAKO

  • AlanHarrison on March 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Very sad news. Morton clearly had a troubled career, but plenty of talent, as that innings against Australia in 2006 demonstrates; remember this was against one of the greatest teams of all time, who would win both the champions trophy and the world cup in 2006-7 without losing a game apart from that defeat to the West Indies, and who were in a middle of a record-equalling run of 16 consecutive test victories. Condolences to those who know Morton and to the island of Nevis.