WIPA continues to provide legal support to Morton and Willett

In an update on the matter concerning Runako Morton and Tonito Willett, the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has confirmed that the players were released earlier today, Tuesday 15th March 2011 at 11:00a.m. The amount set by the Magistrate to secure the release of the players was paid by the West Indies Players Association.

The matter comes up next on Thursday 17th March 2011 at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court.

Yesterday Mr Dinanath Ramnarine, President and CEO of WIPA said in a press briefing at WIPA headquarters, “WIPA has been in close contact with their families and both men have expressed deep regret for the unfortunate incident and the embarrassment and hurt it has caused their teammates, their country, their families and cricket fans throughout the world and they hope that their remorse would not prejudice them in the determination of this matter.”

WIPA is committed to ensuring that the players are provided with the necessary support throughout this process. In this instance, WIPA has today, taken the responsibility of ensuring that both players are afforded the necessary legal representation required in this matter.”

Mr Ramnarine stated when questioned about the breaching of team rules that, “WIPA has always rightfully fought hard for the Boards to honour the agreements signed between the parties and we maintain that the players must also equally respect agreements and team rules. WIPA wants the best for its players, but at the same time we want them to honour their obligations by acting responsibly in accordance with prescribed agreements and guidelines. WIPA’s position continues to remain clear to all, that we do not wish to condone this kind of practice.”

In addressing the issue of player awareness and education, Mr Ramnarine said, “We can’t underestimate the need to educate our players. It’s something that we have been doing, but I would say that we have not been doing it enough. Given the resources we have, it has been a difficult challenge, but we intend to work with all stakeholders to make sure more is done.”

The WIPA President reiterated that he wished to make no further statements with regard to the matter as it is before the courts.

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