MCC v Pakistanis, Lord's June 26, 2010

Lara maintains Twenty20 comeback plans

Cricinfo staff

Brian Lara still has serious ambitions of coming out of retirement to try his hand at Twenty20 and is targeting next year's fourth IPL tournament.

Lara, who is now 41, will turn out for MCC against Pakistan on Sunday, at Lord's, and it will be the first time he has played competitive cricket since being part of the rebel Indian Cricket League where he made just 31 runs at 6.20 for Mumbai Champs.

Earlier this season he was in talks about joining Surrey for their Friends Provident t20 campaign and although that move fell through he hasn't shelved his plans of cashing in on the lucrative Twenty20 game.

"I'm thinking about it," he told the Lord's website. "I would love to be a player-coach. [I was] very close to joining Surrey this season. I was disappointed the talks broke down. If I have intentions of getting back and making an impression in IPL 2011 I need to start playing now."

Lara retired before the format took off internationally and although he maintains Test cricket remains the pinnacle he is positive about the impact Twenty20 has had. "I'm from the old school, I love Test cricket and I'm very happy that was the game I made my name in, but everything in life changes," he said. "Evolution is important."

Lara has been in the nets at Lord's preparing for his MCC appearance where he will line-up alongside Sourav Ganguly in a match which is part of the club's sponsorship of Pakistan's series against Australia under their Spirit of Cricket banner.

"It has been a while since I played in a competitive match, surely I will be a bit rusty, but it's great to have on the gear again," he said.

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  • Talha on June 28, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    If Suchin can still have it than why not LARA? he is a Match Winner , better strokeplayer and more stylish and treat to watch than the Little man.

  • Michael on June 27, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    He made 37 runs in the MCC match against a good Pakistan bowling attack.Not bad for 41 yo .It hink he will make a succesfulreturn to competitive cricket.

  • praveen on June 27, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Who can forget lara when he played his last match in world cup where he was looking good for a big score and becuase of samuels he was run out...

    So there is some unfinished business from Lara,

    It does not matter even if lara has not done well in 20-20... he has already faced the world best bowlers and they all agree lara is better than his counter part, well iam talking about Mcgrath and Murali.

    I just want to see brian lara in action and my wishes are there always.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Great batsman, but show some dignity! done spoil your name

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Brian Lara is one of the greatest cricketers, and is one of my at most favorits. however, I view his latest plans with a bit of scepticism as well as gladness. it would be nice to see him on action, it was the stupid good for nothing WICB that pushed him out even when he had plans to play test cricket for at least a season or 2, and that is a collective loss for the cricket world. however seeing Lara's poor returns in the ICL, I had a feeling he shouldn't demote himself to the lower standards, and should in fact oblige his body's demands, and is better keeping off, and keep his reputation intact. all said and done, there is still a part of me that says come on Brian, you can do it!.

  • Syed on June 27, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    welcome back Mr BCL, you are the greatest cricketer of all time, when others can play T20 why you cant, hope to see you soon in IPL 4, i will go and watch each and every match of yours when you play IPL4 please come back asap there is no great entertainer as you

  • lucy on June 27, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Hey, it's Brian Lara's life. If he wants to come back and compete, and teams are willing to give him a shot, cool! Whether the comeback 'works' or not is important to fans and the press, but what matters to the only person who really matters - Brian himself - is that he has a good time.

  • Ashwath on June 27, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    i would be soooo happy to see lara return but i just don't want him to embarrass himself.

  • ronald on June 27, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Luv to see BCL again at the crease! This man is a gift to cricket. He has talent "on loan from God!" By the way, Im glad he was the one to show US President Obama how to play a cover drive and not Sir Richard Hadlee nor Ricky Ponting! Try to figure that one, cricket fans!?

  • ferzil on June 27, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Wellcome back Brian, good to see you in cricket after a while. hope to see you in IPL 2011. you will be a Box office hit in india & around the world. Do well brian, wish you all the very best in everything.

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