PORT OF SPAIN – Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has stated that all three versions of international cricket can coexist and benefit from each other.
Lara also noted that the West Indies’ recent victories in Test cricket could be the motivation they needed to up their game in the future.
“In the longer version of the game, yes we have had some success, maybe against some of the lesser nations in the world but success is success and I believe that this could be sort of an impetus to do something better in the future but we have to spend some time concentrating on the five-day version of the game,” said the double world- record holder.
The West Indies have won their last three Test series and are unbeaten in six straight Tests having defeated New Zealand (2-0), Bangladesh (2-0) and Zimbabwe (2-0).
Lara said that while West Indies had tasted success in the Twenty20 version of the game, they should not forget their “heritage” in Test cricket.
“There has been a lot of the other versions of the game: The 50 overs Champions Trophy that was played in England recently; we won the (World) Twenty20 (in Sri Lanka); we just saw the beginning of the CPL (Caribbean Premier League), which was a great success. I am someone who believes that the marriage could take place. All forms of the game could benefit, and I don’t believe we should pay less attention to any version of the game.