The West Indies have received a massive boost with news that former skipper and Caribbean legend Brian Lara will return to the fold in a new role as performance mentor across all international teams.
Lara is highly regarded as one of the best batters of all time, with the dynamic left-hander scoring 34 Test centuries and 19 ODI hundreds during a distinguished international career that lasted almost two decades.
And now Lara is re-joining the West Indies in an attempt to revive the fortunes of the Caribbean side, with the 53-year-old set to work alongside all international teams and the West Indies Academy.
Lara's primary role will be to support the various international head coaches of West Indies Cricket and to provide players with tactical advice, while he will also work closely with Director of Cricket and former teammate Jimmy Adams on strategic planning for ICC World Cup tournaments.
Adams said having Lara onboard was a massive coup for the West Indies and that he is looking forward to working with his former captain.
"I am really looking forward to Brian making a significant contribution to our cricket system by providing invaluable guidance and advice to our players and coaches," Adams said.
"We are confident that Brian will help to improve our high-performance mindset and strategic culture that will bring us more success on the field across all formats.
"Everyone is excited to have Brian involved in supporting our players."
Just recently Lara was part of a three-person panel that delivered a report into the West Indies' disappointing performance at last year's ICC Men's T20 World Cup and the Trinidadian won't waste any time in commencing his new role as he is set to join up with the men's Test squad for their two-match tour of Zimbabwe next month.
“Having spent time with the players and coaches in Australia and in discussions with CWI, I really believe that I can help the players with their mental approach to the game and with their tactics to be more successful," Lara said.
"I'm looking forward to joining the group in Zimbabwe and the opportunity to work with other West Indies teams later in the year."