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Lara may return to world cricket

The legendary West Indies batsman realises he does not want to lose touch with the game and is contemplating returning.

cricket Updated: Jun 13, 2007 20:38 IST

Within two months of his hastily announced retirement, legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara has realised he did not want to lose touch with the game and is contemplating returning to the international cricket as a player.

Lara, who surprised everyone by calling it quits in the wake of his team's dismal performance in the recent World Cup, could be back playing international cricket in coming months, according to the latest issue of 'The Wisden Cricketer'.

"I think I am going to play cricket again. If I go six or eight months without cricket I would lose it and I don't want to lose it yet," Lara said.

Asked if he meant playing for celebrity team Lashings, he replied: "No, no," leaving county cricket or the proposed new Indian breakaway twenty20 league as intriguing possibilities.

Lara expected and hoped to be playing Test cricket in England this summer but claimed he left the West Indies cricket on his own terms.

"We needed a new direction, someone who was willing to see some sort of change. I was willing to do that. I wanted to come to England but I had also said I wanted to finish with one-dayers. It's not ideal but then how many things in life are?"

First Published: Jun 13, 2007 20:02 IST