Lara’s lashes

FORMER CAPTAIN LAMBASTES LLOYD AND RICHARDS' WINDIES

LONDON – Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has cast a personal damper on the winning legacy of the West Indies teams of the 1980s and early 1990s.

And in his speech delivered at the annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s, the retired batting icon also took a dig at former West Indies bowling greats Michael Holding and Colin Croft.

Suggesting that home match officials were on occasions complicit in West Indies maintaining a record of success during their greatest era, Lara said there were aspects of West Indies cricket then that he found embarrassing.

Lara said he was “embarrassed” when a series of umpiring decisions helped West Indies overcome Pakistan in 1988. In particular, he felt Sir Vivian Richards was fortunate to survive a leg before appeal against Imran Khan and Jeffrey Dujon fortunate to survive an appeal for a catch off Abdul Qadir that could have changed the course of the series.

Lara referred to events in the 1990 series against England as “disturbing” and suggested that seeing his heroes behave in such a manner was “one of the saddest moments in the world”.

“Everyone said England had no chance,” Lara said. “But they won in Jamaica and, in Trinidad, even after rain, had ample time to chase down a small total.

“I had never seen groundsmen and officials fight for Man of the Match. They moved lethargic, slow. If there was a wet spot someone went off the field, they came back with nothing in their hands, they took their time to ensure this game was not going to start anytime soon.

“Eventually, it started with a couple of hours to go and England still had time. We bowled, in one hour, seven overs. It was dark and Graham Gooch had to call his troops from the field and West Indies grabbed a draw.

“This is maybe the most embarrassing moment for me as a young West Indian, watching a West Indies team time-wasting, playing the game in a way it should never, ever be played.

“I was 12th man. I was very, very guilty. I was running out with laces, a banana, water, cough tablets, all sorts of things in that last hour. It was truly embarrassing.”

Lara added: “They went on to Barbados. It was another keenly fought Test and Rob Bailey was batting with not much time to go for a drawn Test. He flicked the ball down the leg side and Jeffrey Dujon dived and collected. The first slip – I’m not going to call his name – ran towards the umpire and signalled. The umpire wasn’t taking him on but he kept going and going and eventually he stuck his finger up and gave Bailey out. It definitely wasn’t out.

The person to whom Lara referred was Sir Vivian Richards, his captain at the time.

“England sort of lost faith in the game. They lost that Test and the next in Antigua for West Indies to win the series 2-1.

“As a West Indian, I was truly embarrassed. As a young cricketer who looked up to a lot of the individuals in the team, it was one of the saddest moments in the world. For me, I felt the West Indies being the best team in the world needed to play cricket in a different way.”

Lara also suggested that such gamesmanship actually damaged Caribbean cricket in the long run. The series’ wins they achieved over Pakistan and England allowed them, Lara claimed, to overlook their flaws that might have been addressed had they lost.

“People talk about the Tests series we lost in 1995 as the time we began to spiral,” Lara said. “I felt we started to spiral years before that when the great players were playing.

“And if Pakistan or England got what they deserved in 1988 and 1990, I feel the West Indies officials would have taken a different look into what to do to save West Indies cricket at a time we had senior players who could have guided the younger players to have ensured we were on the right footing. But that didn’t happen.”

Lara also suggested that he was embarrassed by Holding and Croft’s conduct during the 1980 tour of New Zealand. Referring specifically to that tour, Lara said there were occasions when the tactics employed by the West Indies resulted in them “playing the game in a way it should never, ever be played.”

During the Test at Dunedin mentioned by Lara, Holding kicked down the stumps at the bowlers’ end while Croft barged into umpire Fred Goodall. Their actions followed a series of appeals for clear-cut dismissals which were turned down by the standing umpire.

“I grew up at a time when West Indies dominated the world. For 15 years from 1980, the West Indies never lost a Test series. And just before that, Colin Croft decided he was going to take a piece out of Fred Goodall’s shoulder and ran into him during a Test Match. Michael Holding decided he was no longer a cricketer, he was a footballer and he kicked a stump. I’m sure the occurrences during that period had a big effect on cricket.”

Despite it being a period when people in the Caribbean were “accustomed to victory after victory,” Lara suggested it was a time he was “not very proud of”. The batting icon said that as the highest-ranked team in the world at the time, the West Indies had the responsibility to ensure that the integrity of the game was upheld every single time they played. He added they also had to ensure that the spirit of cricket was with them every time they entered the field.

Lara, 48, played for the West Indies between 1990 and 2007. 

Source: (cricinfo)

26 Responses to Lara’s lashes

  1. Junior Nicholas
    Junior Nicholas September 5, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    What was he trying to prove

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  2. Sarifa Patel September 5, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Because Mr. Lara you were a cricketer who played for yourself and not part of the west indies. You were always a selfish man and cricketer. When you achieve fame you thought yourself better than anyone. You were never a humble man like Garfield Sobers or any of the 3w’s. You embarass a mother on a bwia flight out of tdad demanding that they move the mother and her crying baby from around it was the last day I ever gave you support. So clean up your own act before pulling others down.

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  3. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    BRIAN, BRIAN, MAN COME OFF IT..YOU MEAN BOYCOTT AND NOW YOU, SURELY U CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT.

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  4. Sue Donym September 5, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    This is why they say “to tell the truth, the whole truth…”etc. As much as we would have liked to say that the WIndies should have maintained their integrity always we are talking about human beings – players who carried bullseyes on their backs as they toured the world.
    The other side of the story is that West Indies players were sledged, had to bear the envy of opposing players and suffered the false calls by international umpires, many conspiring to bring them down. Perhaps unfortunate reactions to an often unkind climate. Not an excuse, but a fact.

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  5. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis September 5, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    This man should be ashame of himself,SMH

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  6. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips September 5, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    He want suing…

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  7. Marsha Hinds
    Marsha Hinds September 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Lara should take several seats..

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  8. Suzette Clarke
    Suzette Clarke September 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Was this a lecture or a diatribe? Seems like B.C. Lara had a huge chip on his shoulder.

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  9. Alex Alleyne September 5, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Prince Brian Charles Lara, you were a Batsman. Try to put yourself in a Bowler’s shoes running up and down in sweltering heat , constantly have a batsman trap plum in front , next hitting the edge of his bat and the UMPIRE says ……NOT-OUT.
    Those guys back there in LLOYD and RICHARDS time were the best ever and will never be equaled in our life time.

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  10. Philip F. Corbin
    Philip F. Corbin September 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    What’s the rationale behind Lara’s moment of cleansing ? What is he hoping to achieve ? Surely the WI were not the only team to employ less than honorable tactics to win matches. We have all seen test teams slow the game down in the face of approaching rain in order to save the match, or to otherwise gain the advantage, and we all know that sledging is used as a psychological tool to unsettle opposing players. All teams push the envelope to gain a competitive edge. Lara is either pretending gross naïveté about how competitive teams play the game or he is motivated by spite to tarnish the records of former cricketing greats. Either way it’s a sad reflection on him.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 5, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      what is he hoping to achieve? may ah member/ honoree at lords…rich in money, poor in judgement

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  11. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier September 5, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

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  12. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams September 5, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Once a snob….always a BONS

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  13. colleta September 6, 2017 at 6:08 am

    He’s blaming others for his failure at the highest level, poor example of a leader no wonder he had no winning success.

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  14. Donild Trimp September 6, 2017 at 7:34 am

    This man Brian Charles Lara is a disgrace to all the great West Indian players who gave the Caribbean cricket lovers an identity and a reason to come together as one.

    One may want to pass Mr.Lara’s speech off as raillery but in my humble opinion it comes over as a personal attack against former greats from a man who would say anything to give the appearance of belonging – as in – I am not like them, I am more like you.

    This speech at Lords in England was neither the time or place for this revelatory approach by Mr.Lara and it shows a lack of judgment associated with people who are full of themselves.

    Brian Charles Lara is full of himself.

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  15. Heather Headley September 6, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Pressing operation ignore on this one. Bruh you tripping. On 2 de nex 1 do!!

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  16. ks September 6, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Such ‘anger’ at Lara….but, according to him, he told what happened…. so if its the truth, why crucify the messenger? Yes, we were the best in the world but, according to Mr. Lara, we were also human …. just like Boycott, Waugh, et al!!!

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    • Sue Donym September 6, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Hi @ks, then surely it would have been better to frame it as being a tit for tat response than to make it appear that he has come to Lords to be a martyr. Then again, this could be perfect timing to throw suspicion on a WIndies touring team.

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  17. Greengiant September 6, 2017 at 8:18 am

    This is the same prince Lara many of you backed to lead our team during his years as a player. Now I guess you have all seen the Lara that I saw several years ago.

    He was a very good batsman, but a poor leader of men. That’s why we are still at the level we’re at in world cricket. He spent too much time criticizing the system and not being the example for the young emerging players. No wonder Samuels, Rose, and some others never got along with him. Those players were fortunate to be involved with the older guys, and would have never bought into Lara’s sub culture cricketer approach.

    I’m sure if we look at the talented players who fell by the wayside during Lara’s captaincy years, we will find that those players were exposed in some way to the philosophy of Lloyd, Richards, Richardson or Walsh. Sadly, though going unnoticed, Richardson and Walsh might have been undermined by the said Lara for years before assuming captaincy. He was more bully than Lloyd or Richards. Now he’s spoken maybe some of the players who suffered during his tenure as captain will speak up. I really hope they do. “Shame on you Lara”.

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  18. David September 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Well ,well, well this is so unfortunate a speech by Brian Lara. Maybe a personal vendetta against the icons.
    I hope this does not affect the team as the team prepares to play in that vital and critical test match at Lords tomorrow.
    What is Lara trying to achieve?

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  19. Alex Alleyne September 6, 2017 at 11:23 am

    “AN ENGLISH JOB”

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  20. Alex Alleyne September 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    SOON LARA WILL BE ON THE ENGLISH CRICKET TV PANEL ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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  21. lswiltshire September 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    RE SOON LARA WILL BE ON THE ENGLISH CRICKET TV PANEL ALL OVER THE WORLD.

    PERHAPS THAT IS WHAT HE IS SEEKING

    LARA IS SEEKING TO BE RELEVANT BY LITERALLY ASS LICKING

    PEOPLE IN CRICKET WORLDWIDE LOVE RICHARDS RICHARDSON LLOYD AND OTHER STARS LIKE THEM

    SINCE HE RETIRED OR WAS RETIRED IN 2007, NO ONE FUSSES WITH HIM. HE IS NO COMMENTATOR, NO MATCH REFEREE, ETC AND RIGHTLY SO

    WHAT HAS HE GIVEN BACK TO TRINIDAD OR WINDIES CRICKET, WHICH H ESSENTIALLY DESTROYED

    ONE HOPES THAT THE PLAYERS WITH WHOM HE PLAYED WILL SPEAK OUT AND TELL US THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS NASTY DISRUPTIVE SELFISH MAN

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    • Sarifa Patel September 6, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Very well said. He is seeking some sort of favor. Spoil brat who no one was interested in after he got out of cricket.

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  22. Lennox Daisley September 7, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Anyone knows the fee offered?
    Or, maybe it’s the offer of a chance to hob-nob?
    Can’t remember if Lara was one of the “honorary whites”! If not, he must have missed his calling … and now, trying to recover from the loss?

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  23. Cindysu September 7, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Prince Brian Charles Lara, a true sportsmanship
    Do you all remember how many times he was given out unjustly, there are times he walk out knowing he was out. Yes we all agree the greats of all times Llody and Richards etc.. but he’s not about all the times when they wrong they wrong. In his tunes he prove to be the best cricketer ever his records are there to prove. That you can’t take away. With little support from His team. He also had to do it by himself. Do anyone know what it’s like to bat with Walsh. Come on he had a lot in his times. He’s a man showed how to be humble in this game of cricket, he never fought the umpire decisions.
    He have the record for the most amount of thief out, as we would say. I certainly enjoy LARA performance in his time. All who bashing would have too.

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