Zimbabwe news September 11, 2010

ZC sets sights on Lara

Cricinfo staff

Legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara could be Zimbabwe Cricket's next high-profile signing, according to reports in local newspaper the Zimbabwe Independent. Lara, who was guest of honour and keynote speaker at the recent ZC annual awards ceremony, could take up a player/coach role with one of Zimbabwe's domestic franchises.

"The season is long, discussions are taking place, let us wait and see. You might see me coming back here," Lara is quoted as saying. Ozias Bvute, ZC's managing director added: "We are talking but its early days to say whether he is coming back to play or coach here."

The report suggests that Lara could play in the domestic Twenty20 competition and may also be called upon to help coach the national side's batsmen and claims that a source close to ZC has revealed that an offer has already been made.

Former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald and Australian Jason Gillespie have already taken up coaching contracts in Zimbabwe, while Sean Clingeleffer, Andrew Hall and a handful of English county players have also been linked to domestic franchises.

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  • ronald on September 12, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Very glad BCL is giving Zimbabwe a boost (more psychological than anything)...of course we should all be aware that gifted individuals do not make good coaches at all. Anyway, I hope my favorite Zim. Robert Mugabe is happy. Very articulate ole chap u know; n speaks Her Majesty's English superbly! Okay, declare a jihad against me, i dont care (laugh)...Zimbabwe cricket...never seen a bunch of white n black blokes busting their batties to be recognised!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    This is gooder! The rest of the players should come back and boost the squad!

  • Rakesh on September 11, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Great news.We want legends like Lara, without doubt the most attractive batsman of 90's and 2000 to help Zimbabwe. He will contribute a long way to bring Zimbabwe on track to level of year 2000 to 2000 .

    Please all players who boycotted Zimbabwe in 2003 to 2004 eg Travis Friend, Sean Erwine etc etc come back .help Cricket. Forget Mugabe.Again senior players like Goodwin streak, Grant Flower etc etc you can play for couple of years for Zimbabwe to have a smooth transition to new generation of players. I remember Traicos playing when he was over 40. Please please. Anyway, if Zimbabwe has well set up domestic structure and good players will emerge irrespective .It only needs good backing. We need more strong cricket teams to make cricket attractive. Also help Ireland for Test status.

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