West Indies news December 28, 2010

Lara invited to represent T&T in domestic Twenty20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brian Lara has been invited by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board to represent the side in domestic Twenty20 events if he is interested.

"There is only one Brian Lara in this world, and if he is interested in representing T&T at T20 cricket, I am sure the selectors will be more than willing to give him a very serious look," TTCB president Azim Bassarath said. "Brian has done a lot for cricket. He is a hero, a legend and we have to take care of our heroes. I would like him to know that the TTCB stands ready to support him in his future endeavours."

Lara retired from the international game in 2007, but returned to action in October this year when he turned out in the Zimbabwe domestic Twenty20 tournament. He has also expressed an interest is participating in the 2011 edition of the India Premier League, and has been included in the preliminary auction list, at the highest base price of $400,000.

Bassarath hoped Lara would play in the Cricket Festival T20 series starting Tuesday. "I spoke to Brian and offered him an opportunity to play in the T20 invitational," Bassarath said. "However, he flew into Trinidad on Thursday night and said he would be off again on Monday so it will be difficult to take part in the series."

Earlier Lara told ESPNcricinfo that the league in Zimbabwe was not the toughest. "If I was to give myself a chance to play in the IPL, then I need to start now," he said. "I tried negotiating with Surrey in May and that fell through. I am not going to say that I am ready for the IPL. The option is around the corner, and I have put my name in the hat. But I need to play cricket regularly from now till then to get fit and capable of doing justice to the game and to my form in such a highly competitive league."

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