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Brian Lara: West Indies cricket will stay 'alive'

BELIEF: Lara at his final international match for the West Indies (PA)

DESPITE FACING a £26.2m lawsuit, West Indies cricket will carry on into the future, batting legend Brian Lara has said.

Indian cricket authorities are suing their Caribbean counterparts due to last month’s tour in India, where the Windies pulled out following a dispute pay between players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

In the face of such an expensive lawsuit, many commentators have expressed fears that Caribbean cricket could collapse, however, Lara, 45, said matters could be sorted out with India’s cricket board (BCCI).

The highest scoring Windies batsman of all time told BBC Sport: “I don't think the BCCI will be that severe on us.

“I believe West Indies cricket will be alive. I don't think anybody has the intention to end our game.”

The BCCI has indicated it will pursue their claim to the “fullest extent permissible in the law”.

Lara, who retired from the game in 2007, claimed the WICB has not taken on heed of previous incidents, and added: “There are implications and I believe the West Indies Cricket Board have found themselves in this situation because they have not learned from the past.

“There have been many little quarrels between players and board but it's the first time they are perhaps facing something as severe as this.
“We've got some of the best talents in the world, so I believe West Indies cricket is going to survive and it's now about how we take this forward.”

England are scheduled to visit the Caribbean in April next year for a three-match test series, and Lara believed the tourists “are safe” to go ahead and book accommodation for the trip.

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