WIPA steps up to defend players

The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) will be assisting with the legal expenses for Leeward Islands allrounder Tonito Willet and Nevis-born Trinidad and Tobago batsman Runako Morton, who are facing charges of possession of marijuana.

This was revealed by WIPA President Dinanath Ramnarine during a press conference in Port of Spain last week.

The two regional players are out on TT$100,000 bail pending the determination of the case which was put off until next month.

Ramnarine said the association had obtained the services of two attorneys.

Both the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket and Leeward Isands Cricket Boards have also offered to lend their support.

Ramnarine said he was deeply disappointed in the players’ conduct, which he felt would have serious ramifications for the sport of cricket.

The players were also reprimanded by their respective boards for leaving a Port of Spain hotel after their curfew during the T&T and the Leeward Islands match at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain recently.

Ramnarine said it was WIPA’s responsibility to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future by educating players about drug-related issues.

Morton and Willet were held by police when the car they were traveling in was stopped and searched during a road block a few miles from their hotel in the early hours of the morning.

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