Brian Lara plans return

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Brian Lara, West Indian star batsman, is set to return to top-class cricket after a long period of discomfort with hamstring trouble.

He first became troubled by the injury during the West Indies tour of England in 2000, but played on until advised that rest was the only way to overcome the condition permanently. Subsequently, he withdrew from the tour to Zimbabwe and Kenya but has now been told by medical advisors in the United States that he can start playing again.

The Red Stripe Bowl competition will be the platform from which Lara launches his comeback. He is set to play for Trinidad and Tobago, although he has declined to take on the captaincy, preferring to concentrate on getting back to full match fitness and back to his prolific best as a batsman. That will not only be important for Trinidad and Tobago, but also, in the longer term, for the West Indies Test side.

His first outing is likely to be on October 3rd against the Leewards.