Lara: Lack of unity could cost Windies at WC

The test side is currently in South Africa, where team manager Richie Richardson said the contractual problems were behind them, while a 30-man squad for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand was announced.

All the big name players were included in the squad, which will be cut to 15 before the tournament starts on February 14, but fusing them into one team with a united purpose was going to be the key to any success, according to Lara. 

“We will have problems in terms of unity, in terms of performance,” the 45-year-old, who retired after the 2007 World Cup, told reporters on a recent trip to Australia. “We have great players, but great players don’t win the World Cup, great teams win the World Cup. 

“We have to encourage all the guys. We have Chris Gayle and (Kieron) Pollard and Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo but if these guys are not performing, and that will happen, you need to have everybody contributing. “That’s where we need to improve and if we were to falter in the World Cup that’s where it will happen.”

Lara, who had his own problems with the West Indies board (WICB) during his playing days, said he hoped the BCCI would not pursue their compensation claim too ruthlessly and that the row would prove a “watershed” in West Indies cricket. “The fine is one thing, there is other intricate stuff we need to sort out to get back to being a competitive nation,” he said.

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