Legend Lara confident of starring in MCL

January 28, 2016
Brian Lara

DUBAI, CMC:

Superstar Brian Lara has backed himself to play a key role for Leon Lions in the inaugural Masters Champions League but does not expect the team to rely on him solely.

The former West Indies captain is one of several legendary former players who arrived here this week for the tournament which runs from today to February 13 and which will also see games played in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

Lara, who quit international cricket in 2007, leads a Lions side that includes former West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards, South African Herschelle Gibbs and England Darren Gough.

"Now it is a bit of a different time, [my] reflexes may not be the same, but I do expect to play a part," Lara told reporters here.

"I would not be here if I cannot play a part in the team's success but we are looking for team performance more than anything else. We are a fairly good group of guys and if you can get the team working well we can win matches."

The MCL features six teams, including Virgo Super Kings, Gemini Arabians, Sagittarius Soldiers, Capricorn Commanders and Libra Legends.

Each team will play five matches in a round-robin preliminary round with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.

Lara, who quit international cricket before the onset of the T20 format, said for him the shortest form of the game was the most difficult.

Players like South Africa Jacques Kallis, Australian Adam Gilchrist and Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene are all contesting the tournament.

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