'I feel my game is over' April 10, 2007

Lara plans one-day retirement after World Cup

Cricinfo staff



Going, going ... gone: The end is near for Brian Lara © AFP

Brian Lara will retire from one-day internationals when West Indies are knocked out of the World Cup. Lara is likely to have only two matches left following the loss to South Africa at Grenada on Tuesday.

"I think this is the end of my one-day career, for sure," Lara said. "I honestly feel that my game is over and we should give it to one of the younger players. It's really tough playing one-day internationals out there."

West Indies go to England for a tour in June and Lara said he would "love to sit back and watch and see the team do well". "I want to leave a team that plays better," he said. "And that is still my hope. These might be my last two one-day internationals but I still want to see the team moving out of this competition learning something from it and that's all I can hope for."

Lara has played 297 ODIs and scored 10,354 runs at 40.60 with 19 hundreds and 63 half-centuries. His hopes of bowing out with a home World Cup victory have faded after a disastrous Super Eights stage and there has been heavy criticism of his captaincy.