Indies cricket captain Brian Lara’s superb batting
performance of 400 runs not out at St John’s, Antigua,
on Monday continues to be the talk of the town.
10 years to the date, Lara reclaimed the world batting
record and became the first player to break the 400-run
barrier in the history of Test cricket.
as tributes continue to pour in from all corners of the
world so too whispers of an apt reward for the
newly-branded King of Port-of-Spain.
rewards are not on the batting star’s mind right now.
Getting ten English wickets is what he’s focussed on.
is not as if I sat down and planned to score 400 runs or
break the world record in this Test match. It happened and
obviously I’m delighted, but the the match is not over
as yet and until such time, that there is a result, my
focus will be on what is happening in the middle and not
what I am supposed to get for my achievement,” Lara said
in a brief telephone interview after yesterday’s play.
while Government is still to consider an appropriate
tribute, Manohar Ramsaran, former Sports Minister and
local cricketer, believes the cricketing hero should be
honoured in two ways.
should be twofold. Government should make it a policy to
do things in Lara’s name,” he said in a telephone
of his suggestions is building a Brian Lara cricket
academy to encourage youngsters to get involved in the
to remind people that it was he, as Sports Minister, who
removed Value Added Tax from sporting goods when fellow
countryman Ato Boldon excelled on the sprinting track,
Ramsaran said some incentive should be given for young
cricketers to get into the game.
schoolchildren an incentive like free equipment to schools
and clubs,” he said.
Ramsaran is also proposing a more substantial reward to
the cricketing legend.
offer of an ambassadorship, perhaps in sporting similar to
United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors, is close to what
Ramsaran has in mind.
my view his newest record is nothing short of being a
phenomenon and he should be treated with the honour and
respect he deserves,” he said.
assistance should also be strongly considered, Ramsaran
would depend on what the Government wants to do but I
would have no objection to any amount they want give,”
sources said much thought and consideration was being
given as to what Government would do.
assured Government will honour Lara’s achievement with a
tribute befitting his greatness on the field and his
inspiration to youngsters,” one source said.
is truly a national hero and will be treated as such,”
another source said.
Minister Patrick Manning has said his Government was
making the appropriate preparations for his return to
big celebration, complete with a motorcade reminiscent of
the one afforded to him when he quieted England on the
same Antiguan field in 1994 with a record-breaking 375
runs, is expected.
are getting proposals from all over. Everyone is
suggesting one type of tribute or another but we still
have to wait on Brian and hears what he wants,” a source
is not certain when Lara will return home. After the end
of today’s Test, he has many commitments he must attend
to as captain of the West Indies team, a source close to
the Lara family said.
is the likelihood he may return for a short visit before
the start of the seven One Day Internationals on Sunday in
have to wait and see.”
his feat in 1994, Lara amassed a number of gifts and
awards including T&T’s highest national award —
the Trinity Cross.
National Council for Indian Culture, in extending
congratulations to the WI team captain, said the former
proposed racing complex at Caroni should be converted into
a national sporting institute and named after Lara.
Vidale, chairman of the Dr Eric Williams Memorial
Committee, suggests naming the inter-island ferry service
after the batting maestro.
would also like to see a picture of Lara placed in every
school, alongside the late Dr Williams.
went one step further to suggest to the Antiguan
Government to rename the Antigua Recreational Ground –
the spot where Lara broke the world batting record twice
within the 10 years – the “Brian Lara Recreational
his home town of Cantaro in Santa Cruz, villagers want a
Caribbean Ltd plans to name a helicopter after him.
achievements have not only rewritten the game of cricket
but has created a new vision for the game.”
Reginald Vidale, chairman Dr Eric Williams Memorial
feat is nothing less than amazing and removes all doubt as
to who is currently the world’s greatest batsman. His
record will not be easily attainable.”
Deokinanan Sharma, president, National Council for Indian
is commendable and noteworthy is the backdrop against
which it occurred (Lara’s record- breaking innings). The
West Indies team being three down in the series reflects
the commitment, resolve and dedication of Brian Charles
Lara to cricket and also the West Indian group of
Rudranath Indarsingh, president general, All Trinidad
Sugar and General Workers Trade Union.
Lara’s fantastic achievement on Monday will definitely
put an end to the insularity in the West Indies.”
Ramsaran, former Sports Minister.