Brian Charles Lara, one of the greatest cricketers to have emerged in the West Indies, has said he is very concerned with the decision by Scotland not to tour Zimbabwe for the Intercontinental Cup fixture in October.
Speaking to journalists at Harare International Airport yesterday, Lara said it was unfortunate that the Scottish government advised their cricket team against touring Zimbabwe.
“It’s very unfortunate that the team will not tour Zimbabwe, sport should be used to unite people so I don’t know why they are refusing to play in Zimbabwe. I would have loved them to come to Zimbabwe,” said Lara.
Scotland reversed their decision to tour Zimbabwe for an Intercontinental Cup fixture, following advice from the Scottish government against visiting the country.
The match was initially scheduled to be played at a neutral African venue before the Scotland Cricket Board agreed to a proposal to host it in Zimbabwe.
Nicknamed The Prince, Lara (41) will grace the CBZ Zimbabwe Cricket Awards tonight.
He said Zimbabwe should be commended for volunteering to tour Pakistan to play a series to raise funds for the nation’s flood victims.
Pakistan was last month hit by the worst floods in living memory, submerging an estimated one-fifth of the country, affecting up to 20 million people and causing over a thousand deaths.
Lara also said it was high time Zimbabwe were allowed to return to the Test cricket fold.
“It (Zimbabwe) has been struggling a bit but everybody is optimistic.
“We are looking to have them back, we need all the countries to play at the highest level,” said Lara.
Zimbabwe has not played Test cricket since its self-imposed exile in 2006. Several countries have refused to tour the country due to political reasons.