Zimbabwe news November 18, 2010

Lara signs as Zimbabwe 'batting consultant'

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brian Lara, the legendary former West Indies batsman, has announced that he has signed a contract to work as a batting consultant to the Zimbabwe national team. Lara will work with the team during the World Cup next year and the home series against Bangladesh in May, during which Zimbabwe will make a tentative return to Test cricket.

"It's a well-structured contract. I'm definitely looking forward to working with the team," said Lara, who was reported to have pulled out of the Stanbic Bank domestic Twenty20 competition in Zimbabwe after just three games for the Southern Rocks due to 'commitments elsewhere'.

It is as yet unclear what Lara's role with the national side will mean for Grant Flower, who was brought in to perform a combined player/batting coach role before Zimbabwe's tour of South Africa in October.

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  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    crabman144 where you read Lara broke. As far as I thought he still had viable business ventures and endorsements. tupee I for one wants to see Lara's return regardless of his form or where it is

  • shahab on November 19, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    @crabman..it is not ur business to wonder if lara is broke or not, u should think about if u r broke. give the great man his due respect.

  • tupee on November 19, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Yah its positive news but , l agree with Chad_reid, they are concentrating on what they have mastered already , Zim has great Batsman and has the worst bowling attack, so its the bowling that needs a specialist .

  • Nehal on November 19, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    good to see Lara getting into international cricket after his stint with ICL. but im sure not many people (specially here in india) are wishing for his entry in IPL.

  • ricky on November 18, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    I have read in previous articles that Lara is broke and he is getting back into cricket so that he can go to IPL and make loads of cash....Now with this article, he was playing with Southern Rocks and suddenly, he is no longer plays with the Rocks and is Zimbabwe 'batting consultant'. Makes me wonder is he really broke?...hmmm

  • Ashwin on November 18, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    zims batting is very good compared to to the top teams they dont need a batting consultant what they really need is a bowling expert they are the worst bowling team in world cricket i have ever seen and they are very inconsistent

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