'I've had my time' he insists January 11, 2008

Lara scotches comeback talk

Cricinfo staff

Brian Lara has dismissed speculation that he might be considering a return to international cricket.

Speaking after Trinidad and Tobago's win in their opening Carib Beer Series match against Guyana, Lara made it clear there was no substance to the rumours. "I've had my time," he said. "And when I called it a day, I knew that this was the time and I don't want to have any regrets at all.

"I don't think you should think about that right now. I think it's important that I'm here to play for Trinidad and Tobago." He added that while he did not miss playing for West Indies, he was "happy getting up at 3.30 in the morning watching the guys."

Lara said he was willing to play regional cricket for Trinidad and Tobago for the moment but was ready to step aside later in the season, when the international players return, to give younger players a chance to shine.