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Legendary batsman Brian Lara believes that West Indies cricket has to be run better and become a lot more organised if they are to become one of the powerhouses of international cricket once again.
Lara wants the team and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to start taking things more seriously, especially before the national team’s three-Test home series against England in April next year.
“For me, West Indies’ problems don’t lie with the players,” Lara said. “It’s far deeper than that, with the organisation, what they are doing to enhance our cricket from a very low level.
“What you see on the surface, it’s what our cricket is all about. Until we start doing that -then you can look at the players and make them responsible for their performances.
“You look at some of our players, they are the most sought-after players in the IPL – the likes of Sunil Narine, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard – why as a team you can’t put it together?
“I believe the structure they are playing in, away from home, seems to be a little more organised than what they are accustomed to.”
Lara also lauded England captain Alastair Cook for proving his critics wrong during the recent five-Test series against India, which England won 3-1.
“I think it was a great fightback,” he said. “First of all I was very happy to see Alastair Cook stuck it out and he handled his responsibility which is most important.
“He could not really chart his own course, he had the support of the team, the backing of the selectors and the board and the public – they were on his back for some time.
“it was nice to see England come back under his leadership and hopefully they can take it on to another level because they are a little in the midst of a transition, where they lost a couple of players, they tried to form a new team and it’s a bit difficult especially when your star players aren’t around.”