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Lara urges Windies to give up on current generation

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Johannesburg: Former West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has called on his country’s cricket board to discard the current generation and bring in fresh set of players who can play the sport with passion.

Lara, who has represented West Indies in 131 Tests and scored 11,953 runs, questioned the passion of the current players in Caribbean cricket, saying that they lack the understanding of their cricketing history.

Earlier, former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin had suggested that Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels should step up for Windies, but Lara believes that they are more inclined towards lucrative Twenty20 leagues rather than playing for the once-formidable West Indies.

Lara opined that he would have only kept players under the age of 25 in the team as their mind-set could still be changed and suggested that players above 25 to be shown the exit door, Sport24 reported.

The batting maestro also slammed the ‘ badly run’ Caribbean cricket administration, saying that the trust deficit between the board and players is harming the West Indies team.

West Indies’ premium cricketers like Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Samuel Badree, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell and Bravo have preferred to play in the Big Bash League rather than for their nation. (ANI)