West Indies did not always play in right spirit in the '90s, says Lara
London: Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara on Tuesday admitted the Caribbean regional cricket outfit during the 1990s did not always play in the right spirit of the game despite dominating world cricket at that point.
While delivering the MCC Spirt of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lord's, Lara urged top sides "to ensure that the integrity of the game is upheld".
"The highest-ranked team in the world has the responsibility to ensure that the integrity of the game is upheld every single time they play... and that the spirit of cricket is with them every time they enter the field," Lara was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.
Despite the outstanding record of the West Indies sides of the 1980s and early 1990s, Lara felt they were occasions when the tactics they employed resulted in them "playing the game in a way it should never, ever be played".
Lara gave examples of a series against NZ in 1980, when Colin Croft shoulder-barged an umpire and Michael Holding kicked over the stumps in frustration, and two series (against Pakistan in 1988 and England in 1990) when he suggested that West Indies employed a certain amount of gamesmanship to win at any cost.