County news April 16, 2010

Lara lined up for Surrey comeback

Cricinfo staff

Surrey have confirmed they are in talks with Brian Lara in a bid to lure him out of retirement to play Twenty20 for them this season. Lara, who retired from international cricket after the 2007 World Cup, has not played competitively for two years.

"We have been in discussion with Brian regarding his possible involvement with the club," a Surrey spokesman told the BBC. "However we have no further comment to make at this stage."

Lara has already been in the nets at The Oval this week and has had talks with Surrey's cricket manager Chris Adams and chief executive Paul Sheldon.

The Indian press recently speculated Lara was planning a comeback there. A deal was said to be done with the Kochi franchise which joins the IPL next season, but nothing came of that.

Retirement has not come easy to Lara, and he has hinted he could be lured back several times. Last year he said of Twenty20: "I believe that at some point in time people are going to understand that they are tactical ways of playing it and then you are going to see the true talent come out."

Lara had a stint with the unofficial ICL in 2007-08, where he had a forgettable tournament with the bat and as captain of Mumbai Champs.

Surrey already have Andrew Symonds, the Australian all-rounder, registered for the domestic English Twenty20 competition, and - depending on his national commitments - Piyush Chawla, the Indian legspinner. The rules permit counties to enlist four overseas players in all for the tournament, with a maximum of two featuring in a single game.

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  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    i wud lv 2 see this legend with Bat........again...Lara kya Mara

  • Harikeshan on April 21, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Lara has always been compared to other greats based on the West Indian Legacy left behind. No one apart from him and Chandrapaul really performed when Lara was playing along with some members of the present West Indian Side. The way he was left out to dry by WICB was not right after the World Cup. He did "Entertain No Matter what the scoreboard said" and was probably the only one who could turn a game on its head with his sheer brilliance and flamboyant style. Who could forget that 400 N.O when detractors were gunning for his head. Sachin is the greatest after the Don, but Lara - to watch when in full flow would have probably made even them wanting more. If Michael Schumacher can make a return at the Age of 41 to a more grueling and demanding sport like F1, why not Lara to play only county cricket? A true cricket lover would wish him well whilst hoping his Magic with the bat will enthrall viewers.

  • Syed on April 20, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    If Lara makes a successful back, he would be the most-watched cricketer in the world. No one has come close to his level in terms of performance and excitement than him since he left the scene rather unceremoneously two years ago. Others may have earned or scored more, but none has provided more entertainment value to the cricket fans around the world.

    Will eagerky kook forward to watching the reappearance of this star on the cricketing firmament.

  • Rishi on April 20, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Amazing.detractors are saying that players.........professional players............want to play cricket for money???????????? What an implausible concept. People should really genuinely think of what they are saying. People say on here that Brian was inconsistent..REALLY? 131 tests nearly 12000 runs, an average of over 50, and the highest score ever! This man is alreday a cricketing why not get paid for it? Good Luck Brian, go on and make your money, you desrve every single penny of it. In his speech at the end of his career Brian asked "Did I entertain?" any true cricket fan should shout "YES". In the last 25 years few have entertained more. Not even the IPL could have enough coffers to pay this man , and if they are going to try..he should reap the reward.

  • Rishi on April 18, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Finally! And Thank GOD! Keep your Sachin, Keep your Ponting, Keep your Afridi, a 40 year old Lara, better than them all! Always has been, always will be!The statistics speak for themselves! Whatever the occasion, the consumate performer......All hail the KING!!!

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    welcome back hero of cricket

  • R on April 17, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Welcome back Lara....It must have been difficult for him to stay away from cricket for past 3 years....The moment I saw him with Lalit Modi In few matches of IPL, I was sure this is going to happen....IPL will have Lara for sure from next year......

  • giovaughn on April 17, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    has any1 seen the photo of lara labeled ' Brian Lara and a guest arrive for the Laureus Sports Awards 2010 welcome party, Abu Dhabi, March 9, 2010' how his eyes look red like that . lara look tired & sick anyway wonder if he would consider coming back 2 tests

    picture this batting lineup chanderpaul & gayle opening ' sarwan 3 lara 4 bravo 5 nash 6 ramdin 7 taylor8 benn9 fidel 10 roach 11 MMAAADD

  • Nikhil on April 17, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    I would also love to see Lara play the IPL and i will be intersted on his perfomance for Surrey. I hope he succeds, hes a nice player to watch, very stylish, really nice on the eye....I wonder what kind of ridiculous sum he will go for the ipl auction if he does decide to play.....maybe 750000 im guessing? Mayve some team like Kochi will buy him as an icon player, Anyway good luck Brian!

  • Sanket on April 17, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Lara is my choice for the world's best batsman. A lion is a lion. People have played competitive cricket at the age of 50. So why cannot Lara play?

    Lara flopped in ICL and ICL flopped. Both events saddened me. But that is not destiny.

    As far as his physique is concerned, a few weeks of exercise is enough to get into shape.

    Hoping to see Lara play again. Hail the Prince.

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