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HOPEFUL: Lara says the talent from the Caribbean will always come through

WEST INDIES legend Brian Lara has called for greater harmony between the players and board. The impasse between the two is nothing new but has meant that for far too long some of the Windies star names have withdrawn their services from the national team, whch according to Lara cannot help with a oneday World Cup, to be played in England, on the horizon.

Lara, who was been embroiled with board games himself during a stellar career, told the Voice of Sport: “Harmony between the board and the players is most important.

DISAGREEMENTS

“You want to have your best team here competing. You don’t want your best team here under duress. “You want to know that there is a relationship and you can go out and play your best cricket – and I don’t think that has been the case for sometime.”

Lara, who holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004, added: “Its never a nice thing to know that there is disagreements between the board and the players – and it has been going on for a long time now. I experienced it myself during my career and it’s not a nice feeling when you want to play for your country. “You want to play with a freeness and it isn’t there.”

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Lucrative Twenty20 cricket has meant that West Indies have been shorn of top names such as Dwayne Bravo and Kieran Pollard among others.

Lara recognises that today’s modern cricketer has the ability to earn huge sums but hopes that a balance can be found.

“There are lots of options now for cricketers. Many are choosing another route in terms of where they play around the world.

“You want every one to optimize their period of income but you want them also to have that belief and love when playing for their country.

“I would love to see the relationship get a bit together so that we can have a team that can truly represent us.” Ironically, one man that the former batsman would love to see in the fold is compatriot, Darren Bravo who plays very little franchise cricket.

“He’s one of our great talents and it’s being wasted at the moment,” laments Trinidad & Tobago born Lara.


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“He’s not playing Test cricket and he’s not playing much franchise cricket apart from Caribbean Premier League. “I’ve known him since he was a little kid.

“He’s one player that should be in the West Indies team, that’s where he belongs.”

Despite the Test and one-day team struggling to make an impact on the world stage, Lara is highly confident that the Caribbean region will continue to produce world-class players.

“We will always produce cricketers. I’m not taking that lightly but we produce the best in the world.

“What happens from their teenage years to the senior team is where we let them down - or they let themselves down.

“The talent from the Caribbean will always come through – it is one of the things we are known for around the world “We are going to have the Usain Bolts, Bob Marleys and Rhiannas but cricket is one of the foremost things for the region.”

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