Port of Spain: The legendary Brian Lara will be travelling to India with the Trinidad and Tobago team for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, which starts from September 17, in Mohali.
Although he is not a formal part of the team management, Lara, during his visit to India, will be playing a dual role of that of a tourism ambassador and a mentor for the Red Force.
Keen to help the team during the competition, the former West Indies skipper said: “I am just going to be there, not a part of management, but as a former cricketer, I am willing to lend a hand in any way I can.
“I hope I will have a chance to interact with the guys while in India and whatever way I can help. I have always had an open door policy and I look forward to working with the guys, the management, the captain Denesh Ramdin and all the players,” he said on Friday.
As a Trinidad and Tobago sports ambassador, Lara had played a similar role as unofficial advisor to the team during the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League.
“It’s an honour to be part of the upcoming trip. I’m happy to be associated with Trinidad & Tobago’s participation. We have a team that will make us proud,” he said.
The Ministry of Tourism have sponsored the Trinidad and Tobago team to help them prepare for the T20 competition in India.
The Ramdin-led team, which includes the likes of Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Samuel Badree, will take on the added responsibility of marketing Trinidad and Tobago on the international stage.
The Trinidad and Tobago team, set to leave for the sub-continent on Monday, will play a warm-up game before beginning their campaign against the Brisbane Heat in Ranchi on September 22.