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Lara to lead West Indies against India

Lara was replaced as captain by Chanderpaul last year after a contract dispute. This is the third time that he has been appointed to lead the side.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 12:04 IST

Brian Lara was on Thursday appointed as the captain of the West Indies cricket team which will take on India and Zimbabwe in ODI and Test series in the coming months.

This is the third time that 36-year old Lara will lead the West Indies.

The chairman of West Indies Cricket Board Ken Gordon said said that Lara was not a stopgap choice.

"His appointment is not an interim one. His appointment as captain stands and it is not for any fixed period of time," he said.

Lara, who succeds left-hander Shivnaraine Chanderpaul of Guyana, said that it was a great honour for him to lead the side again.

"It's the third time I'm taking the job and I feel I have the necessary support. Chanderpaul did a wonderful job under the circumstances. He called me and he said he would support me."

Lara, the highest aggregate run scorer in Test cricket as also in an innings in Test and first class cricket, has his first assignment against Zimbabwe in the ODI series before taking on India in the four match Test follwed by five-match ODI series in home.

It is logical to go back to Lara. Of all the players available, they each had varying strengths but there were also varying weaknesses," Gordon said.

Lara, who has led West Indies 40 times, winning 10 and losing 23,was first handed the mantle between 1996-97 and 1999-2000, resigning after a dismal series in New Zealand.

He was appointed for a second time in 2002-03, eventually being replaced by Chanderpaul in March 2005 when he stood down because of an ongoing contractual dispute with the board.