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Brian Lara signs up for New South Wales pub cricket team

Brian Lara last played for the West Indies in 2007. He ran into his new New South Wales teammates at a bar.

cricket Updated: Nov 23, 2016 18:04 IST
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Brian Lara will play Division 5 grade cricket in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley in Australia.(PTI)

Brian Lara will pad up for a New South Wales pub cricket team. The former prince of world cricket last played for the West Indies in a ODI match in April 2007.

Brian Lara, played some competitive cricket in February last year, when he turned out for Leo Lions against Gemini Arabians in the final of the Masters Champions League T20 final. He scored 28 off 25 balls with four fours.

The 47-year-old Lara ran into his new teammates at a bar and agreed to sign up for the pub team. The Aussie players said Lara was “very approachable.” He will be playing Division 5 grade cricket in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley.

The owner of 11,953 Test runs, with a top score of 400 not out, Lara is excited as well. “What time do we play tomorrow?” Lara asked his new teammates after signing on the dotted line, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

Lara moots a Test cricket league

On a more serious note, Brian Lara said ICC needed to do everything to save Test cricket. He has even liked the concept of a Test cricket League.

“ICC has to find a way that Test cricket stays around,” he said on Sports Today.

“I do like the thought of having a league. Maybe start by saying number one plays ranked 12 team and then by the end of the year you have the two best teams playing in a three Test match series.

“It gives meaning to Australia playing Bangladesh... I think that is going to create a little bit more excitement.”

First Published: Nov 23, 2016 16:12 IST