Felix Austin | cricket20
West Indian test legend Brian Lara has admitted to not being disappointed at missing out at the recent IPL player auctions which were held in Bangalore.
The 41 year old, who scored over 11,000 test runs before retiring after the 2007 ODI World Cup said he did however feel the franchise’s will miss out on his experience and abilities.
"It is slightly disappointing but I understand the constraints of team owners. They did miss the broader picture though as I would have brought knowledge to the team, but a role as a mentor or coach in the future may also be possible" he said.
"I did not follow the auction closely but I'm not a big fan of it. However, I do think club cricket can take the sport ahead as is the case with club soccer," he added.
"Almost 75 per cent of the players in every IPL team are youngsters. But don’t worry, I would still come across, may be next year. I really never wanted to get out there and compete for 19-20 games. Just wanted to be part of a good unit, attending meetings, training sessions and helping the youngsters."
"My love for the game however continues. I would have liked to play in India as well. But I would rather not comment on the issue of intimation from individual teams."