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Only talent can’t save West Windies cricket: Lara

I think our infrastructure is terrible administratively,we have got it wrong on many occasions: Lara

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has termed the Caribbean cricket infrastructure as ‘terrible’ and said unless the game’s administration is improved just talent can’t pull the side out the slump.

“(We) still a very long way to go. I would not have been surprised if we won this game because I know what we are capable of – sporadic,good sporadic performances – one here,one next year,but in terms of consistency,Trinidad,West Indies lack that,and that is not something that you regain overnight,” he told the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.

“I think our infrastructure is terrible administratively,we have got it wrong on many occasions.” Lara,who scored 11,953 runs in 131 Tests before retiring after the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean,said West Indies need to plug the administrative loopholes first and then think of improving in a decade’s time.

“Our player-board relationship – that has gone wrong for many years,gone sour and we need to improve these things,fix it,set a base,get the infrastructure in and then think about five,10 years down the line.

“So it might be a dismal outlook,but if we keep just trying to put a plaster on every sore that we have,it’s not going to work. So I hope one day somebody’s going to take it up and really get things going.”