Times of India – LONDON: Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara on Tuesday admitted the Caribbean regional cricket outfit during the 1990s did not always play in the right spirit of the game despite dominating world cricket at that point.

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  • LONDON: Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara on Tuesday admitted the Caribbean regional cricket outfit during the 1990s did not always play in the right spirit of the game despite dominating world cricket at that point.
  • “The highest-ranked team in the world has the responsibility to ensure that the integrity of the game is upheld every single time they play…
  • Lara gave examples of a series against New Zealand in 1980, when Colin Croft shoulder-barged an umpire and Michael Holding kicked over the stumps in frustration, and two series (against Pakistan in 1988 and England in 1990) when he suggested that the West Indies employed a certain amount of gamesmanship to win at any cost.
  • I’m sure the occurrences during that period had a big effect on cricket,” he considered.Lara confessed he was “embarrassed” when a series of umpiring decisions helped the West Indies lord England in 1988.
  • “And if Pakistan or England got what they deserved in 1988 and 1990, I feel the West Indies officials would have taken a different look into what to do to save West Indies cricket at a time we had senior players who could have guided the younger players to have ensured we were on the right footing.


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