Runako Morton was entered in the West Indies team as a replacement for Marlon Samuels, but then his lies backfired on him.
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New Delhi. 78 matches, 2 thousand 188 runs, 42 catches… these figures belong to that cricketer, who once made a false excuse of his grandmother’s death to avoid playing in the Champions Trophy. Due to bad behavior, he had to struggle to make a place in the international team and one day he said goodbye to the world while struggling. We are talking about Runako Morton of West Indies, who had said goodbye to the world only at the age of 33.
Today it has been 11 years since Morton left the world. He died on March 4, 2012, due to a car hitting an electric pole. Talking about Morton, he remained in discussion in the cricket world for his behavior more than his game. In 2001, he was expelled from the West Indian Cricket Academy.
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masquerade for grandmother’s death
He entered the West Indies team in 2002 as a replacement for Marlon Samuels and made his international debut in the ODI against Pakistan. But after a few months, he refused to play in the Champions Trophy by telling a false story of his grandmother’s death. However, this lie of his could not be hidden for long and he was removed from the team as soon as the truth came to the fore.
Arrested for stabbing
Despite this, Morton did not improve and in 2004 he was arrested on knife charges. In 2005, giving him a chance once again, he was selected for the Test series against South Africa. After this Morton played some excellent innings. He also played a brilliant inning of 90 against Australia in the 2006 Champions Trophy.
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The great fielder was Morton
Morton played 15 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 573 runs at an average of 22.03 including 4 half-centuries. And scored 1519 runs in 56 ODIs at an average of 33.75. His name also includes 2 centuries and 10 half-centuries in ODIs. Morton also played 7 T20 matches for the West Indies. He scored 96 runs in this format. He was also an excellent fielder. He took a total of 42 catches in his international career.