Lara building winning side for 2007 World Cup


Brain_LaraHaving risen a third time to the post of West Indies captain, batting superstar Brian Lara has been building a side that can be very competitive at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

This is why Lara, who turned 37 last Tuesday, was looking forward to the third One-day International against Zimbabwe on Saturday at Bourda Oval which was abandoned on the eve of the match.

He believes that his side must grasp any and every opportunity that is placed before it to play cricket and feels that the abandonment is a setback to moving forward.

“We wanted to get the maximum out of this series with Zimbabwe and this includes preparation and the actual cricket,” Lara told reporters at a news conference on the eve of the match.

“These two weeks of cricket against Zimbabwe were to get us ready for greater things, not only like India in the West Indies, but the rest of the cricket we have for the year”.

He added: “We have the ICC Champions Trophy. We are the defending champions, but we find ourselves with the possibility of not making the final eight of the tournament. So we have some serious cricket ahead of us, since we are also going to Pakistan and the World Cup in the West Indies is less than 12 months away”.

Lara said the more matches his side plays, the more experience they have to gain ahead of the World Cup. “We do not expect to go out and win every single match in which we play, but we want to be able to compete in every single match, and learn from every single experience,” he said.

“It has to start now. We want to arrive at the World Cup with the other teams knowing that the West Indies are going to be a force with which to be reckoned. We have a number of games in which to prove ourselves, so we do not want to be a disappointment,” he explained.

“We want to be able to hold our heads up high, and enter the World Cup with people confident that we can win. The next 10 to 11 months are geared towards getting the guys ready, and from now we need to be very, very competitive,” he added.
Source:The News

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