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Lara will join Indian league Thursday, says organisers

MUMBAI, India: Following media reports earlier this week suggesting that former West Indies captain Brian Lara has declined to play in the Indian Cricket League, organisers on Monday played down the rumours — saying that the champion batsman was not due to arrive for practice sessions until later this week.

According to reports, tournament organisers, Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group, had received word from Lara’s lawyers in London that the batting maestro, who was one of the first to sign for the league, would not be available for the upcoming ICL Twenty20 Championship, which is set to bowl off on November 30.

Former West Indies Captain Brian Lara.

However, Essel Group executive vice president, Ashish Kaul said there is no truth to the media reports and insisted that Lara is on board for Thursday.

“Let me tell you all, however, that Lara is indeed going to play in the ICL and he will be in India this Thursday,” Kaul said.

In the meantime, Caribbean Net News understands that Lara had decided to pull from the league after learning that several other big name players, such as Australian bowling kings Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, who were scheduled to join the league, were no longer among list of initial stars actually joining.

However, Gaurav Seth, the league’s marketing chief announced this week that the exciting top-order batsman and several other international players were not due in before this week to start their preparation for the 17 day tournament, despite others joining their respective camps last Friday.

“Talks that Lara is not coming are mere speculations,” Seth said in a report. “We wanted the foreign players to start joining the team only from this week and are happy that Nathan Astle (New Zealand) and Van Der Wath (South Africa) have already joined us ahead of schedule.

“We are expecting Lara, Vikram Solanki (England) and Nantie Hayward (South Africa) by the 21st or 22nd,” the ICL representative added.

Lara, the Trinidad and Tobago left-hander who holds the world record for the highest Test and first class scores, has been named captain of the Mumbai team for the inaugural “rebel” tournament.

The six-team tournament is to commence at Panchkula stadium, near Chandigarh, on November 30 and concludes on December 16.

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