Friday, March 14, 2008

Has Brian Lara quit the ICL?

Indian Cricket League officials privately believe that Brian Lara, the prized signing last year, has chosen not to participate any further in the league.

Lara fractured his left arm in a Carib Beer game when he was struck by a delivery by Lionel Baker. The injury, sustained on January 20, was expected to heal in six weeks, but the Champs' physiotherapist, Danny Redrup, said that progress had been slow.

Internally, three tournament organisers from different departments, at different levels, hinted at there being more to Lara's absence than statements explained. Asked if Lara was not returning, a senior executive said,
"No [he isn't]. I hope he goes to the IPL. We don't need him here."

Lara was named captain of the Mumbai Champs for the opening tournament of the league in December, but managed only 31, ending with an average of 6.2. In his absence, Nathan Astle has been named captain of the side.

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