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Skipper Brian Lara
Brian Lara is the West Indies' skipper again.

Hardbeatnews, ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Thurs. Apr. 27, 2006: Trinidadian-born star batsman, Brian Charles Lara, has been named captain of the West Indies Cricket team for a third time.

Lara’s reappointment was yesterday made official, confirming rumors that had circulated in recent days. West Indies Cricket Board President Ken Gordon made the disclosure at a press briefing just after midday yesterday. Gordon said he and board officials were impressed with Lara’s “strong desire to contribute to lifting West Indies cricket out of the doldrums and to run with this challenge.”

Lara replaces Guyanese Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who resigned earlier this month after he had himself replaced the Trini batsman last year following a contract dispute.

The Board and the players union yesterday also reached an agreement for eight of the ten players on the controversial retainer contract dispute that had dragged on from last year.

Chairman of the Caricom Sub Committee on Cricket, Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, offered congratulations and best wishes to the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association on reaching the agreement on the retainer contracts issue. He added that he is pleased that good judgement has prevailed and that both parties have acted in the interest of West Indies Cricket.

Mitchell also congratulated Lara on his reappointment. Lara’s first challenge now is the upcoming seven-match One-Day International matches against Zimbabwe. The first gets underway in Antigua on Sat., April 29.

The full Windies side picked for the matches are: Chris Gayle, Runako Morton, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor and Ian Bradshaw. –