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Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara is ready to throw his hat in the ring and contest for the post of president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Lara, who is currently doing television commentary at the ICC World Cup in Australia/New Zealand, said he is becoming increasingly concerned at the deficiencies in the management of the sport here in the Caribbean, and he will have no hesitation in accepting a nomination and contesting for the WICB’s top post.

Lara said he is frightened by the breakdown of an institution that has been mostly responsible for giving him the opportunity to become the person he is today.

Lara said there was too much bickering and fighting between players and administrators, and it appeared that people in top positions did not understand their roles.

He said he was approached some months ago by T&T Cricket Board president Azim Bassarath to get involved in the administration of the game.

“Mr. Bassarath had suggested that I should get involved and he and his Board would seriously consider supporting me. I am here in Australia with most of the top administrators and players, and even they appear to be concerned at the state of our cricket. The way they speak is like they have little faith in our future. I am ready to get involved.”

T&TCB president Bassarath said he was delighted that someone of Lara’s stature was interested in taking charge of West Indies cricket.
“I believe that Brian would be an ideal person to lead West Indies cricket, and as a matter of fact, I approached him a few months ago about such a possibility. But unfortunately, he is too late for us to nominate him for the elections which will take place on Saturday. The constitution of the WICB does not allow us to nominate him at this late stage, since nominations closed one month before the elections.”
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