Brian Lara believes Nicholas Pooran and Sai Hope are going to be the mainstays for West Indies
"I like Nicholas Pooran, he's a left-handed batsman and I think that he's setting down and understanding his responsibilities more now," said Lara. "Shai Hope has done very well and I think he could play a part in the T20 World Cup, being that solid guy with a great technique that can hold the innings together. Those are the three players I'm really looking forward to seeing. Alzarri Joseph is someone who I look at and say 'this guy has got potential, he's a wicket-taker'. He is someone who I'd like to see do well."
Lara is immensely impressed with the leadership skills of Kieron Pollard and feels Pollard has a very mature head above his shoulders. Pollard who played his 500th T20 match, got the captaincy of the West Indies white-ball team last year and is all set to lead West Indies in the T20 World Cup. Lara is of the opinion that Kieron Pollard has got the skills and can bring the best out of the team.
On Pollard playing his 500th T20 match, Lara said, "It's a tremendous achievement, first of all, to play so much T20 games, it's unbelievable. Kieron Pollard has been around for quite some time. I remember his first game was 2007 for the World Cup. Obviously, he's played a lot of franchise cricket around the world and I think the experience he has gained under different captains…he has captained teams in franchise cricket around the world, he brings a lot of experience.”
Lara further said, "What he also has is cohesiveness in the bunch of players that he is in charge of. I think everyone respects him, which is important and he has a very good head on his shoulder. [He's a] fair guy as well so I expect him to do very well for West Indies and I expect everyone to rally [around him]. The most important thing is a captain is as good as his team, and if he has support from his team - and a very talented team at that, especially in the T20 version of the game - I think he's going to get the best out of them.”
"Later in the year for the T20 World Cup I feel the kind of squad that we have - Hetmyer, Pooran, Pollard himself, Dwayne Bravo, I see Andre Russell is back, [Evin] Lewis, I think we've got a group of players in which anyone or two or three of them can turn things on and beat the best in the world at what they do. I think we've got a great chance and my biggest worry is that every other team will be worrying about the West Indies, and they're going to put their best foot against the West Indies. And I hope that the guys are up for the challenge. I don't think we are going to be dark horses in the World Cup. I think everybody is going to look at the West Indies as the team to beat."
Brain Lara was here in India to play in the Road Safety T20 series wherein he is the captain of the West Indies Legends team who lost both their encounters against India Legends and South Africa Legends team. Unfortunately, the tournament had to be postponed due to the hazardous Corona-virus. Lara expressed his views on this and said, “The situation is a little disappointing now but we are looking forward to coming back and take part in the remaining games of the series.”
“People are hungry for cricket, they are hungry to see legends, like (Virender) Sehwag and Sachin (Tendulkar), when they come out to play cricket. So I think this tournament was awesome. The competition was even more than I expected. It was very special, seeing Sachin back on the field again and seeing the crowd reaction,” Lara further added.