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Last Updated:  Monday, 31 March, 2003, 20:19 GMT 21:19 UK
Is Lara the right choice?
Brian Lara has been named as West Indies skipper for the Test series against Australia.

Is he the right man for the job?

Lara replaces Carl Hooper for the home series against the Aussies, which includes four Tests and seven one-day internationals.

Lara led the Windies to a creditable draw against Australia back in 1999 but resigned after his side were whitewashed by New Zealand.

Is his appointment the right move or a step backwards for Caribbean cricket?


This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.


I think the Windies don't need a captain who is mercurial like a Viv Richards but a workman like figure, maybe a Clive Lloyd type. This will allow the younger members of the squad to go out and express themselves. Also a message to Mervyn Dillon: Don't bother bowling short at Waugh you won't win.
Ram Seshadri, London

I think Hinds would be my best choice because Lara cannot perform well when he has the captaincy - and he is the world's greatest player
Roshan Dhakal, Nepal

I just hope Lara has the mental strength to inspire his team and make the fans proud
Shenika Mcfarlane, UK

Yes! Yes Lara is the right man to lead West Indies just at the moment. You know last time the captaincy was a salt experience for Lara. But he came back after being sack and drew with the mighty Aussies. Then he gave up the job. Great men never forget the embarrassment they faced. So Lara is going to bring back the sweet moments for the West Indies. Best of luck to Brian Lara.
Khairul Amin Tuhin, Dhaka, Bangladesh

I couldn't see who else it was going to be, it was like one step back but maybe this is the catalyst that the WI need. I just hope Lara has the mental strength to inspire his team and make the fans proud.
Shenika Mcfarlane, UK,

Hooper has done an admiral job with a demoralised and second rate West Indies team. He has brought them back from the brink of being a third division Test and One day side. I hope that this is recognised. I think that Lara has been a prima donna and has only really become a team man under Hooper's leadership. The test for Lara will be whether he can lead the team as an inclusive captain and not necessarily their best player. I hope so but the jury is out!
Bruce, UK

Lara is a complete batsman but looks very casual in his approach. If he was half as serious as Sachin things would be different. Hopefully captaincy will bring in some big scores, not just 50s or 60s.
Muligi, Singapore

This is the best thing to have happened to West Indies cricket in recent times
Surya Pappu, USA

I think that the captaincy should have been kept with Hooper since it was just bad luck that knocked them out of the World Cup. Lara has had the captaincy before but it affected his own performance so I think that he certainly isn't the right choice.
Umair Fayyaz, Pakistan

I think the Windies don't need a captain who is mercurial, like a Viv Richards, but a workmanlike figure like Clive Lloyd. This will allow the younger members of the squad to go out and express themselves. Also a message to Mervyn Dillon: don't bother bowling short at Waugh - you won't win.
Ram Seshadri, London

This is the best thing to have happened to West Indies cricket in recent times. Who else is more equipped to inspire a young,talented batting line up,than Brian Lara?

His refreshed enthusiasm for the game coupled with his talent and lateral thinking are going to go a long way in taking West Indies cricket back to the top.

Quite frankly, Carl Hooper is not consistent enough to be able to lead from the front. His rigid thinking has cost the team dear and WI could very well do without him. He doesn't command a batting place anymore and it's not fair to be leaving Marlon Samuels out.

The selectors should move forward and blood the youngster Devon Smith in this series.

Good luck Brian and welcome back...we look forward to another 1999.
Surya Pappu, USA

The prince is BACK! I hope he treats us with the same fireworks which greeted the Aussies last time!! Welcome home Lara!

Lara was the only man for the job.
Chiryl Newman, West Indies England

I hope it will be a new chapter in the glorious West Indian history!
Ram, Providence, RI

The West Indies, made the right choice, who knows how long Hooper's knees will last.

Chanderpaul is a consistent cricketer, but he does not posses the leadership qualities, the Windies should have Hinds as vice captain for the series against Sri Lanka, so that both him and Sarwan are groomed to eventually take over as captain and vice captain.
Osei James, Bermuda

It's Great to see Lara back as West Indies Captain as memories of the 1999 series are still fresh in my mind.

Carl Hooper gave great service to West Indies cricket over the years, and for that he must be thanked and we must now move on towards the future.
Rondon Thomas, Sangre Grande Trinidad

The two other great cricketing nations, (Pakistan, West Indies) have taken step backwards in the World Cup this year. What these teams need is a bunch of young kids to walk in and lose or win for the next three or four years.

Putting Lara in is a temporary thing. They will eventually need a new man that is young and bold, and putting that kid in before the World Cup would be a grave mistake.
Ali, USA, NYC

Brian Lara was the only man for the Job. This is now his time, the Windies are on the rise.
Chiryl Newman, St.James Barbados West Indies

The selectors had no choice but to name Lara captain.

I hope the captaincy will not prove a burden to the Trinidadian genius but he has proved he can balance the roles of captaincy and star batsman in the past.
Alex Bryce, Wiltshire

Carl Hooper has done an admirable job and should stay on as captain.
Daniel, Eckington

Nice to see Lara back and I'm pleased for him. I hope you go forward to set more records.
Nosa Evbuomwan, Dallas, Texas

Lara's appointment as captain is the best choice given the limited number of candidates to choose from.

Hooper has done well since his return, the team was in a really bad state and he has laid a solid foundation for us to build upon.

However, at this point we need to be more aggressive and assert ourselves on the game when we sense an opening; we must be prepared to take chances and be innovative, and this is where Hooper falls short.

It is too big to ask for Sarwan at this stage. When Hooper was appointed we all knew he would not be around forever. Where was our succession planning?

Why did we have to wait until Hooper says he is thinking about calling it a day before we start looking for a new captain?
Marlon Clyne, Grenada W.I.






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