June 05, 2004


After the resilient effort of Bangladesh cricket team in the first test, the West Indies was under pressure before the start of second test. Captain Brian Lara's quote "If we don't win against Bangladesh then I'll quit" has created much controversy in the WI cricket arena. I think he has said that to put pressure on his fellow teammates, whose performance was not intimidating as it should be against the test babe Bangladesh which has lost 26 times in their last 29 matches and never have own. His former coach says:

"Lara must shoulder some of the burden for the poor showing of the team but I don't think he should have spoken out at this time"

An editorial in the Trinidad & Tobago express added fuel into the fire "..And suppose Windies won?"

"If we do beat Bangladesh and Lara does remain as captain, does it mean that the problem of motivation has been solved, given all that has gone before?

In any case, Lara's place in the history of the game is assured. The West Indian future isn't."

Bangladesh has scraped 264/9 out of WI in the first day of the Test thanks to a defiant tailenders performance after the usual upper order collapse.


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