Lara, Sarwan to Help West Indies

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STAR batsman and former West Indies captain Brian Lara will join his contemporary Ramnaresh Sarwan in helping the West Indies team in their pre-series camp before the first test against India in Antigua.

A media release from Cricket West Indies (CWI) stated that Lara and Sarwan “will share their immense knowledge, experience and expertise with the members of the 13-member squad ahead of the MyTeam 11 Series, which is co-sponsored by Skoda and KEI.”

CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams said, “We have taken the step to have Brian and ‘Ronnie’ work with these players, who have demonstrated a will to learn and succeed. We know they still have the passion and love for West Indies cricket and are eager to assist and share their information with the present generation.”

The 50-year-old Lara is the leading run-scorer for West Indies in Tests, with 11,953 runs in 131 matches, with a world-record best of 400 not out against England at the Antigua Recreation Ground in 2004.

Sarwan, 39, who has been working in recent times with Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), has a tally of 5,842 runs in 87 Tests.

West Indies and India will play two Tests – from August 22 to 26 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in North Sound, Antigua and from August 30 to September 3 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

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