Lara lays down law for team
Brian Lara, in his third stint as West Indies skipper, has warned his teammates that performance and not names will get them selected in the team.india Updated: May 03, 2006 16:09 IST
Brian Lara has warned his teammates that performance and not names will get them selected during his third term as West Indies captain.
Lara, who celebrated his 37th birthday on Tuesday, has been laying down the law to his teammates since last Wednesday, when he was confirmed in the position.
"We are not going to play names anymore," Lara said, after West Indies won back-to-back limited-over internationals by five wickets and 98 runs on Saturday and Sunday respectively at the Antigua Recreation Ground.
"We are going to play to a plan. We are going to have positions. We going to have requirements to those positions, and it doesn't matter who it is - Tom Browne, Chris Gayle, Runako Morton, or Shivnarine Chanderpaul - it doesn't matter.
"If these positions are being fulfilled in the way that we like, these players are going to have the opportunity to continue within the team.
"Right now, we are unsettled in terms of the order, but in our minds we have settled on what the exact positions they need to be, and we are working our way to find the right players in the right position."
Lara also revealed he does not intend to play in all of the limited-over internationals against the Zimbabweans in keeping with his stated objective of forgoing the shorter games in an effort to prolong his international career.
"I've cut down on the number of ODIs prior to this, so it is a situation where the guys have to learn to play the game," he said.