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Lara to travel to India with Trinidad and Tobago team for CLT20

September 13, 2013 20:25 IST

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara travel to India with the Trinidad and Tobago team for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, commencing on September 17, in Mohali.

Although not a formal part of the team management, Lara, during his visit to India, will play a dual role of T&T tourism ambassador and mentor for the Red Force.

Brian LaraThe former West Indies skipper said, "I am just going to be there, not a part of management; but, as a former cricketer, I am willing to lend a hand in any way I can.

"I hope I will have a chance to interact with the guys while in India and whatever way I can help. I have always had an open door policy and I look forward to working with the guys, the management, the captain Denesh Ramdin and all the players," he told reporters in Port of Spain.

As a T&T Sports Ambassador, Lara played a similar role as unofficial adviser to the team during the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League.

"It's an honour to be part of the upcoming trip. I'm happy to be associated with Trinidad & Tobago's participation. We have a team that will make us proud," he said.

The Ministry of Tourism had sponsored the T&T team to help it prepare for the tournament.

The Denesh Ramdin-led team, which includes mystery spinner Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Samuel Badree, will take on the added responsibility of marketing T&T on the international stage.

The team, which will leave for the sub-continent on Monday, will play a warm-up game before opening their campaign against Brisbane Heat in Ranchi on September 22. 

Image: Brian Lara

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