Lara joins Trinis as cricket adviser

Brian Lara is joining the Trinidad and Tobago team for the upcoming Champions League T20 in India, although he will not be a formal part of the management group.

Lara performed a similar role as an unofficial adviser to Trinidad and Tobago during the recent Caribbean Premier League tournament. For years, the Trinidadian batting legend was at odds with his national team. But now there seems to be a thawing of relations.

“It’s an honor to be part of the upcoming trip,” Lara said. “I’m happy to be associated with Trinidad and Tobago’s participation. We have a team that will make us proud. I am just going to be there, not a part of management but as a former cricketer.

“I am willing to lend a hand in any way I can. I hope I will have a chance to interact with the guys while in India and in whatever way I can help.”

Having recently been hailed for tips by West Indies limited-overs captain, Dwayne Bravo, Lara is eager to continue in such a capacity.

Lara said: “I have always had an open door policy and I look forward to working with you players, the management and the captain, Denesh Ramdin.”

Bravo said: “Brian’s always giving us advice as a team and individually. He also boosts my confidence as a captain and loves helping T&T cricket.”

Bravo will line up for Chennai Super Kings this edition. But Lara stressed that with Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin and other exciting youngsters such as Adrian Barath and Nicholas Pooran emerging, he expects Trinidad and Tobago to be competitive.