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Lara unlikely to play ODIs after World Cup

The 37-year-old West Indies skipper knows what is expected of him, his top priority being a good performance in the World Cup.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 11:50 IST

West Indies' captain Brian Lara said on Wednesday that he was unlikely to play one-day cricket again after next year's World Cup in the Caribbean.

Lara, 37, told reporters after West Indies defeated Pakistan by seven wicket in the fourth one-day international that it was important for him to get runs in the World Cup.

"As it is I don't think I will be playing one-day internationals after the tournament," he said.

Lara said West Indies' victory, which cut Pakistan's lead in the five-match series to 2-1 after the first match was abandoned, had been exceptional.

"The boys showed a lot of character today. They bowled well today," he said.

"We just need to go in with a positive frame of mind for the last game in Karachi. It is important we win that because it would be a big psychological boost for us before the World Cup to square the series in Pakistan.

"At the age of 37 I know what is expected of me. The form has been sketchy but I want to fire in the World Cup which is such an important tournament for us as the hosts."