Wednesday, July 11 has been declared “Runako Morton Day” by the members of the West Indies team.
The third ODI against New Zealand has been dedicated to the memory of Runako Morton, the West Indies batsman who died in a car accident in March.
Morton played 15 Tests, 56 One-Day Internationals and seven T20 Internationals for West Indies between 2002 and 2010.
Speaking on Monday, West Indies captain Darren Sammy made the announcement on behalf of the team.
Sammy and Vice Captain Dwayne Bravo have decided to go one step further and donate their match fees to Morton’s wife.
“We want to show our appreciation for Runako, who was one of us and remains one of us,” Sammy said of Morton, who wore the Windies Number 37 shirt.
“He played with most of the guys in the team and he was loved by everyone. He was a real team player and gave his all for every team, every time he walked onto the field.”
“We know he was born in Nevis and played for Nevis before he played for Leewards and West Indies. During this series, we won’t be going to Nevis so we decided to pay tribute to Morton here in St Kitts, which is next door to Nevis.
“We thought this would be the ideal way to pay tribute. As players and as a team we are fully in support of this initiative as we remember a man who has been a great team-mate and a brother.
“It will be a big occasion on Wednesday as we remember Morton while we look to win, make it three on a trot, and take the series.”
Wednesday has been declared a Public Holiday by the government of St Kitts & Nevis and Sammy urged the fans of the twin-island federation to come out and support the Windies as they look to maintain their dominance over the Black Caps.