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Lara returns: West Indies great to play part in T20 World Cup review

West Indies great Brian Lara has been named in a three-person group that will conduct a review into the disappointing performance by the Caribbean side at the recent ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

Lara will be joined by highly respected international coach Mickey Arthur and high court judge Justice Patrick Thompson Jr in a three-person panel that will review what went wrong for the West Indies in Australia and prepare a report for the board with a list of recommendations for the future.

The West Indies managed just one victory during the T20 World Cup, with their sole win coming against Zimbabwe in Hobart as they successfully defended their total of 153/7 by bowling the African side out for 122 in the 19th over.

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Unfortunately that was as good as it got for Nicholas Pooran's side, with Zimbabwe and Scotland progressing to the Super 12 stage of the tournament and sending the West Indies packing at the earliest stage.

Lara is regarded as one of the best batters of all time to be produced by the West Indies, with the 53-year-old managing 34 Test centuries during an illustrious career a further 19 hundreds in the ODI arena.

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Arthur, meanwhile, is an experienced coach who has enjoyed stints with South Africa, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka over a 15-year period.

Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt thanked the three-person panel for being part of the review and is looking forward to hearing the recommendations.

"CWI is fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and totally independent panel agree to serve West Indies Cricket under challenging circumstances," Skerritt said.

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"I am especially grateful for their commitment to lend some of their valuable time to this important review project. 

"It is vital that players, coaches, administrators, and all of us who love West Indies cricket, recognise that creating a sustainable learning culture, throughout the organization, is a prerequisite for player growth and team improvement. 

"Emotion-based and knee-jerk type decisions have failed CWI repeatedly in the past. 

"I am confident that this independent World Cup review process will produce findings and learnings that should be of great benefit to our cricket system going forward.”

The West Indies have already qualified for the 2024 T20 World Cup as one of the dual co-hosts for the event alongside the USA.

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