Better now than later, says Lara

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Montego Bay: West Indies captain Brian Lara spoke to newsmen on his World Cup dream, what his side did after being routed by India, and whether associate members should be allowed to play the World Cup, among other matters.

Following are excerpts of the interview:

Associates in World Cup: Cricket needs to grow. It is necessary to have as many teams as possible provided they have come through a valid qualification system. It is important that this is not just for show. It is up to those who run the game to spread it as widely as possible not merely for the ICC but also for the respective board. Even the Windies in 1928 and Sri Lanka in the mid-80s were minnows.

Why his side stayed back after the India match ended early: We were there to play cricket till 5.00 p.m. Just because it got over didn't mean we could go home. We played in match situations which is better than nets.

On the mood in the camp: I have had many chats with the team. Basically, a question of each player understanding his responsibility. It's not like we have never played good cricket in the past.

We've done well and capable of doing it again. We've come back before and will do again. Better now than during the tournament.

On preventing collapses: We must play according to the scenario. We need to approach differently. This is what I have been trying to get through to the team.

This kind of learning happens naturally, it can't be pumped into a player. It should be there in them anyway if they are playing international cricket.

World Cup dream: It is to have 14 hands lifting up the World Cup.

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