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“We relied on the fact that the greats like Viv Richards and Joel Garner came from nowhere”
Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara has announced that he is concerned about the direction in which the national team are headed, stating that “unless we make some firm decision and sort out at grass levels, we’re going to be in quagmire”.
Lara added that the West Indies also need to set up cricket academies and groom local talents instead of waiting for stars to come “from nowhere”.
“We have not put in the infrastructure that’s necessary,” Lara said. “We relied on the fact that the greats like Viv Richards and Joel Garner came from nowhere. Rest of the world went into technology and academies but we did nothing. We still [dont’t have] anything to prepare for [the] future.
“Until we do something I’m still seeing five or 10 years to make that happen. We’re just going to be in the quagmire, beating some teams win some occasional series wins here and there, win the T20 World Cup, but we’re not going to put it together to have a consistent side. Unless we make some firm decision and sort out at grass levels, we’re going to be in quagmire.”
The 44-year-old was also astounded that the national selectors had dropped spinner Sunil Narine, pace bowler Ravi Rampaul and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for the national team’s ongoing tour of India.
“The selectors have got it wrong,” he said. “I don’t know if they have labelled Narine a T20 or ODI bowler. He’s the best in the world in that version in the game. That does not mean he would not improve his game for the Test format. Knowing that you’ve a Test at the Eden, where he plays for KKR, a Test in Mumbai, I see no reason why leave a successful cricketer like Narine back home.
“Bravo baffles me as well. He deserves to be in any Windies team. I’m baffled just like you. They have won with this line up, but it’s always going to be difficult in India. We did not turn up at the Eden at all with the intensity. Let’s hope selectors get it right.”