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Zimbabwe name lara as consultant

West Indies great Brian Lara has signed up as a batting consultant for the Zimbabwe cricket team.

cricket Updated: Nov 18, 2010 00:27 IST

West Indies great Brian Lara has signed up as a batting consultant for the Zimbabwe cricket team.

The 41-year-old Trinidadian will work with Zimbabwe's players during the World Cup on the sub-continent starting in February and leading up to the country's return to Test cricket after a five-year absence. Their return will be in May at home against Bangladesh.

Lara announced the deal to the local media in Harare on Wednesday, saying "It’s a well-structured contract.

“I'm definitely looking forward to working with the team. It is an exciting prospect.”

Lara retired from first-class cricket in 2008 but is still playing at lower levels, currently for a local Zimbabwean team in a Twenty20 tournament.

Lara hit 34 centuries in his 131 Tests with a world-record score of 400 not out and an average of 52.88.