Colombo, Sep 16 : Batting superstar Brian Lara praised the
influence of his late father Bunty, and two of his siblings, as he
became the 17th West Indies player to be inducted into the International
Cricket Council's (ICC) Hall of Fame.
The 43-year-old, a former
West Indies captain, said Saturday that his father had provided the
foundation for him to succeed while his sister Agnes and brother Winston
had also played critical roles in his development as an international
"This person you see today before you accepting this
Hall of Fame honour is someone he moulded. He ensured that I had
everything I needed to succeed as a cricketer and in life, even in
trying times. He made a special effort to make sure everything was
there," Lara said.
"I had to work hard ... but I knew I had strong
support. My biggest pain was that he did not see me play a Test match,
but having the West Indies team in Trinidad at his funeral was a special
tribute to the man who made sure I was given the tools to play this
glorious game and make such a lasting contribution."
Lara was formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at the ICC Awards ceremony here Saturday at the Water's Edge Resort.
Trinidadian mustered 11,953 runs from 131 Tests with 34 centuries and
still holds the record for the highest Test and first class scores.
I had my brother and my sister here with me. Agnes is the one who took
me to my first coaching clinic when I was six, and Winston was a role
model as a stylish right-handed batsman ... so to have them here is very
special," Lara said.
A genius left-handed batsman, Lara joins an
eminent Caribbean list in the Hall of Fame that includes Sir Vivian
Richards and the likes of Courtney Walsh and Joel Garner. Only last
year, a former team mate of Lara's, Curtly Ambrose, was inducted.
a boy, you never really thought of Hall of Fames, you never really
thought of records. Growing up in the 70s my heroes were Clive Lloyd,
Viv Richards and Roy Fredericks as a left-handed batsman," reminisced.
am happy I was able to spend 17 years in the West Indies and was able
to contribute in a way worthy of this honour. It is nice to share it
with my family. It is something I want all West Indians to aspire to.
share this with the greats of the past and to be included in the Hall
of Fame alongside them is remarkable. I never played with most of them
but this is one way to connect with them."