Recently, West Indies Cricket have been criticized for their significant downfall in all format as the team has not even been able to qualify for the ODI World Cup which is scheduled to be played in India later this year. Currently, the West Indies side failed to qualify for the marquee tournament as failed to finish in the top two in the ongoing ODI World Cup qualifiers. Earlier, the West Indies side even failed to qualify for the T20 World Cup 2022.
Citing this poor form, the West Indies Cricket (CWI) on Thursday have now decided to appoint the West Indies legendary batter Brian Lara as a performance manager for the Test series which is set to take from July 12. Lara will work alongside Jimmy Adams, the CWI’s Director of Cricket, on strategy and planning for major tournaments. India will be playing two Test matches followed by three One Internationals and five T20 Internationals.
The board said that Lara’s new role will be to “support the various head coaches in providing players with tactical advice and improving their game sense”.
The former West Indies captain was regarded as one of the most lethal as well as destructive batters who has played the game of cricket. Lara had represented the West Indies team in 131 Test matches in which the elegant left-hand batter scored 11953 runs with an impressive average of 52.89 along with 34 centuries as well as nine double centuries. The southpaw batter also holds the record for the highest Individual score in an inning of 400 runs.
“Having spent time with the players and coaches in Australia and in discussions with CWI, I really believe that I can help the players with their mental approach to the game and with their tactics to be more successful. I’m looking forward to joining the group in Zimbabwe and the opportunity to work with other West Indies teams later in the year,” Lara said.
Lara will work alongside Jimmy Adams, the CWI’s Director of Cricket, on strategy and planning for major tournaments.