MCC v Pakistanis, Lord's June 26, 2010

Lara maintains Twenty20 comeback plans

Cricinfo staff
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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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  • TRahim 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.

  • apache31 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.

  • Die4lara 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.

  • on June 27, 2010, 10:17 GMT

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

  • 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!.

  • hashir86 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

  • lucyferr 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.

  • TMS8137 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.

  • ragamuffintuffy 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!?

  • ferzil927 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.

  • TRahim 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.

  • apache31 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.

  • Die4lara 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.

  • on June 27, 2010, 10:17 GMT

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

  • 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!.

  • hashir86 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

  • lucyferr 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.

  • TMS8137 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.

  • ragamuffintuffy 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!?

  • ferzil927 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.

  • theswami on June 27, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    Mr.B.C.Lara ... FYI ... The IPL Kochi franchise is looking for a coach ........ Hope to see you "the Master" as an IPL coach .......

  • astray on June 26, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    lara is making the right choice. everyone please stop making negative remarks towards lara an his game. because he always come back an prove the critics wrong. brian charles lara will always remain the best ever batsman in the world. he could be 100 years and still bat better better and better. support him everyone. if anyone disagree with my statements it means the truth does offend.

  • umpire on June 26, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    West Indies your services or whatever is lfet of them.

  • on June 26, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    gr8 batsman of our generation.........but he returning purely for economical reasons and not for love to the game............... i just hope he comes good & enhance his reputation................

  • on June 26, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    finally shoaib akhtar will get to bowl at lara again..... he has only bowled 3 deliveries to him (lara got injured on the third) but described those 3 deliveries as the greatest moment of his career.

  • on June 26, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    good decison lara u should do it

  • on June 26, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Brian lara Should play for cochin Being a coach and player will get moral and training boost for the local cochin boys

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Why did the talks break down?Surrey were talking so they were interested,Brian was interested,so,was Brians demands beyond what Surrey considered reasonable?Explain it to us Brian.

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I would really love to see him back as International Player although he is an old fellow but i m sure he can put a great impact on the shorter format. He looks so good and when he is on fire.... I wish he come back and entertain the cricketing fans....

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    If he would love to play as a playing coach.. I would love to see him like that.. He is one of the bestest world cricket has ever produces

  • siyu on June 26, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    i like to see you back ij cricket.....wel come

  • biggyd on June 26, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    just dont do it brian... haaang on, he looks a bit like george foreman now...

  • viks_j on June 26, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    I doubt Brian Lara able to find any taker for his services as he is too old now and he did not play any competitive cricket for 3 years. I think he doesn't suited for cricket anymore. Anyway he is one of the greatest cricketer world has ever seen. I hope we will once again see Brian Lara batting. Good luck for his future.

  • manasvi_lingam on June 26, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    I do hope that Lara's comeback will be successful. Many players who did well in the first two IPLs failed in the 3rd because of advancing age: Haydos, Gilchrist, Warne, etc. Lara, at IPL 2011 will be over 42 and I'm not sure how good his touch will be. One can't doubt the man's talent but he is returning from a very, very long break

  • Waheeb.Saiyed on June 26, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    It will be good to once again see lara in action

  • CricEshwar on June 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    On which Indian channel is this to be telecasted on and what time?

  • Percy_Fender on June 26, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    This is a great bit of news. Brian Lara is what is needed as captain of the West Indies. He is so highly talented and has the respect of everyone that I am sure he will take West Indies to the top of the rankings in a couple of years. As he says, he should be allowed to be a player cum coach. The other thing is that because of his stature, he could bring about the discipline that is needed in their players. I wish this happens.

  • SridharKalyan on June 26, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Lara - what about Pune or Kochi? We love to watch you; hopefully, you can link up with Steve Waugh and do a Stephen Fleming Act for the Kochi franchise.

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  • SridharKalyan on June 26, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Lara - what about Pune or Kochi? We love to watch you; hopefully, you can link up with Steve Waugh and do a Stephen Fleming Act for the Kochi franchise.

  • Percy_Fender on June 26, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    This is a great bit of news. Brian Lara is what is needed as captain of the West Indies. He is so highly talented and has the respect of everyone that I am sure he will take West Indies to the top of the rankings in a couple of years. As he says, he should be allowed to be a player cum coach. The other thing is that because of his stature, he could bring about the discipline that is needed in their players. I wish this happens.

  • CricEshwar on June 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    On which Indian channel is this to be telecasted on and what time?

  • Waheeb.Saiyed on June 26, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    It will be good to once again see lara in action

  • manasvi_lingam on June 26, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    I do hope that Lara's comeback will be successful. Many players who did well in the first two IPLs failed in the 3rd because of advancing age: Haydos, Gilchrist, Warne, etc. Lara, at IPL 2011 will be over 42 and I'm not sure how good his touch will be. One can't doubt the man's talent but he is returning from a very, very long break

  • viks_j on June 26, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    I doubt Brian Lara able to find any taker for his services as he is too old now and he did not play any competitive cricket for 3 years. I think he doesn't suited for cricket anymore. Anyway he is one of the greatest cricketer world has ever seen. I hope we will once again see Brian Lara batting. Good luck for his future.

  • biggyd on June 26, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    just dont do it brian... haaang on, he looks a bit like george foreman now...

  • siyu on June 26, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    i like to see you back ij cricket.....wel come

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    If he would love to play as a playing coach.. I would love to see him like that.. He is one of the bestest world cricket has ever produces

  • on June 26, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I would really love to see him back as International Player although he is an old fellow but i m sure he can put a great impact on the shorter format. He looks so good and when he is on fire.... I wish he come back and entertain the cricketing fans....