Runako Shakur Morton
(born July 22, 1978 in Nevis
) is a West Indian cricketer
. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-handed offbreak bowler.
A lively, often unpredictable character, Morton was expelled from the West Indian cricketing Academy in July 2001 for bad behaviour , Cricinfo
, Retrieved on 20 January 2008 but continued to play for the Leeward Islands
in the Busta Cup
. Upon his return in February 2002, he was called into the West Indian squad as a replacement for Marlon Samuels
, but he was dropped once again when he lied about his non-appearance in the ICC Champions Trophy
in September 2002.
Following a stabbing incident in January 2004, he was arrested , Cricinfo
, Retrieved on 20 January 2008 but was given a third chance in May 2005 when he was recalled for the South African Test.
He is famous for a bizarre run-out with Shivnarine Chanderpaul
in the 3rd Test of New Zealand vs West Indies Test series of 2006. Morton drove the ball to mid-on where Daniel Vettori
was fielding and ran to the non striker end. Chanderpaul, at the other end, initially took a few steps down the wicket but then turned and went back to the non-striker's end. Morton believed he was out, and furious at his captain, began to walk off. However, following a call to the third umpire it was decided that Morton had grounded his bat at the non-striker's end before Chanderpaul and hence was safe and that Chanderpaul was out. As a batsman Morton has a... Read More