Lara to work with WI teams as performance mentor
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):
Batting legend and former Test captain Brian Lara has joined Cricket West Indies as a performance mentor, the regional sports governing body said Thursday.
The 51-year-old will work with all CWI’s international teams “in providing players with tactical advice and improving their game sense”, and will also provide developmental support for the West Indies Academy.
Lara will also engage in “strategic planning” for the ICC World Cup, collaborating closely with director of cricket, Jimmy Adams.
“Having spent time with the players and coaches in Australia and in discussions with CWI, I really believe that I can help the players with their mental approach to the game and with their tactics to be more successful,” Lara said.
“I’m looking forward to joining the group in Zimbabwe and the opportunity to work with other West Indies teams later in the year.”
Adams, a contemporary of Lara’s during his playing days, said: “I am really looking forward to Brian making a significant contribution to our cricket system by providing invaluable guidance and advice to our players and coaches.
“We are confident that Brian will help to improve our high-performance mindset and strategic culture that will bring us more success on the field across all formats. Everyone is excited to have Brian involved in supporting our players.”
Lara is currently with the West Indies squad for the two-Test tour of Zimbabwe, marking his first assignment in the new role.
The Kraigg Brathwaite-led unit, which is being overseen by interim head coach Andre Coley, are preparing for the opening Test in Bulawayo on February 4.