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Brian Charles Lara

Biography

Trinidadian Athletes

Date of Birth (DOB): 5/2/69
From: Trinidad and Tobago
Best Known for: West Indies Cricket Captain. Also plays cricket for Northern Transvaal, Trinidad & Tobago, and Warwickshire

Bio: Currently ranked in the top 10 Test Cricket Batsmen or Bowlers by the highly recognised Pricewaterhouse Coopers rankings.

Born in Cantaro, Santa Cruz. Brian's West Indian test cricket debut was against Pakistan in December 1990. He bats left-handed and his bowling style in the leg breaker. Broke Sir Garfield Sobers test match record of 365 not-out on 18th April 1994, scoring 375 against England in St. Johns Antigua. Scored 501 not-out in first-class cricket with Warwickshire vs Durham in Edgbaston Birmingham UK June 1998, the highest amount ever.

After these mammoth individual totals, his batting performance decline severely, it appeared that he lost interst in cricket and went from being the darling of the British and international press, to the butt of their humour; including back home in Trinidad.

During his career he was known to party hard the night before important test games, then go out the next day and wreak havoc on his opponents as both Jamaica (180 runs)and Barbados (148) can verify in Red Stripe Caribbean Cup games.

His dad Bunty Lara passed away in 1988. His mother Pearl Lara still lives in his birth city of Santa Cruz. He has 10 brothers and sisters. Bunty & Brian were close. Brian moved in with his fellow Trinidadian test player Michael Carew in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain when he was 14. Michael's dad Joey Carew was very instrumental in his cricketing & personal career development. Michael got Brian's first job at the Agostura Bitters in Marketing department, but he expanded into promtions due to the negative opinions of his peers.

He loves Carnival, Chinese & Italian foods, and is a practical jokester.

1984-First represented West Indies in Under-19 Test Cricket.
1988-Made his debut for Trinidad.
1989-Captained West Indies B Team in Zimbabwe.
1990--First Test debut vs Pakistan scoring 44 & 6.
1993-First Test Century, 277 vs Australia in Sydney.
1994-Scored 6-100 run games in English first class

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