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The following is part four in
a series commemorating the
anniversary of former West
Indies captain Brian Lara's
world record test knock of
400 not out.
EARL MC DONALD BEST
Franklyn "Uncle Frank" Her-
nandez is a cool, mild-man-
nered, even-tempered, fair-
minded, usually non-violent
sexagenarian who will turn 70
next March; he rarely loses it.
But he simply can t stand injus-
tice. And he doesn t have much
patience with a West Indian
who doesn t appreciate Brian
He has fired the question at
me, exchanging his rifle for a
cannon on the last six words.
"How the hell you could pick
a World XI, a Best Ever side, and
put Bradman at three, Tendulkar
at four...and leave out Brian
"Well," I say, under pressure,
not really enjoying having the
bullseye in the centre of my fore-
head, "he misbehave plenty, yuh
Like Bally s "Maxi Dub" driver,
all mih family Uncle Frank
expose to me wey dey born.
Without a word. He chose to
say nothing, letting his expres-
sive face and body say what an
idiot - or a maniac - I was; nei-
ther the idiot nor the maniac
could find something sensible
"Let me tell you something,"
he goes on, "the problem is not
misbehaviour, is jealousy. I read
somewhere where (Geoffrey)
Boycott say people in the West
Indies envy Lara. I think he
didn t want to say hate. And is
true. Just the other day, Tony
Cozier write about the "West
Indian batting greats" who made
a century in each innings of a
He produces the April 13,
2014, article with the paragraph
highlighted. "Headley and Wal-
cott (each twice)," it reads,
"Weekes, Sobers, Kanhai, Rowe,
"Yuh think Cozier don t know
Lara do that against Muralitha-
ran in 2001? Yuh think?
"Joel Garner, who on the
board now, didn t try to disguise
his joy when Lara decided to
He leans over and picks up
the 2007 Scovell biography, Brian
Lara: Cricket s Troubled Genius.
He pulls a printout out of it.
" It is his decision to retire
and I can t say that it s wrong, "
" A captain can only be judged
by his success record and that s
not good in his case. Now we
have to take drastic steps to carry
West Indies cricket forward.
That is Garner talking, gloating,
glad to be rid of Lara. I wonder
if he glad now?"
"And hear Holding: Lara
stayed on longer than he should
have, he reads some more, "so
is time to thank him and look
He expects me to comment;
"He also say long after that
-- he has abandoned the text --
that (Vivian) Richards woulda
make more runs than Lara if he
used to bat for heself. Lara bat
fuh heself? Which Lara he talk-
ing about? Brian Charles Lara
carry almost all the West Indies
sides he play for on he shoulders.
But what he doing now? The
best batsman in the world and
he can t get a lil end on the
Trinidad and Tobago Cricket
Board. He cyar even get a school
side to coach!"
"And what make you think he
want a coaching wuk?"
Giving me a sharp, disapprov-
ing cut-eye, - my dialect usage,
my effrontery or both? - he
picks up the printout again.
"At any point in time," he
reads aloud, "if they need me to
make a contribution [in the
future] outside the playing field,
I am willing to help. I played
with some great players and
whenever it s time to pay back,
I will be there.
"That is Lara talking in 2007.
You think that change?"
He pushes the Genius across
the table at me.
Queen s Royal College yesterday defeated Diego
Martin Secondary in the North Zone final of the
Powergen Secondary Schools Cricket League at
their home ground, Sepentine Road, St Clair.
The Royalians won the 40-over affair by 23 runs,
thanks to outstanding performances from Everan
Sanike, who blasted 57, and their captain Daniel
Lewis who grabbed 4-44 with his left arm spin.
The Royalians won the toss and opted to take
first knock and got to 210.
Apart from Sanike, Brendon Maharaj made 39
and Narvin Bedassie 30.
Bowling for Diego Martin, Christopher Biggette
grabbed 3-56 while Kevon Surzano took 2-36.
In their turn at the crease, Diego Martin found
Lewis too much to handle, and could only get to
187. Top scorer was captain Sachin Balliram who
made 43 while Biggette contributed 28.
Adam Reyes took 2-22 to support Lewis.
The players were earlier met by former West
Indies player Deryck Murray, Guardian sports editor
Valentino Singh and officials of Powergen.
Profit without honour
QRC takes North Zone title
"It have things in there," he
announces, "about how they treat Lara
that would make you shame to be a
West Indian. But you don t need to
read that; just ask yourself how Lara
last innings for West Indies ended.
The scorebook tells you "Run out
(Pietersen), 18" but people say "Run
out (Samuels), 18" is closer to the truth.
"And let me tell you something
else: last year, when Tendulkar
retired, I read a India story. It was
saying that in Tests Bradman average
nearly 40 runs more than the man
nearest to him but it still say that
Tendulkar was "Statistically the
greatest batsman of all time.
"One last thing: it now have a new
Wisden India Almanack with a whole
section name "His Last Bow" ded-
icated to Tendulkar. And check the
Internet for a ESPN cricinfo book
called Sachin Tendulkar: The Man
Cricket Loved Back. It have 40 dif-
ferent articles praising Tendulkar, five
of them by Indian cricketers. You
ever hear Holding praise Lara?
Richards? (Colin) Croft? Tony Cozi-
er?"That and God face. You know
how much money Lara make for the
West Indies Board? Millions, I sure.
All by heself! But you ever see them
put out any book thanking him,
praising him? No. Not them setta
He stops short, leaves the sentence
"But you know what? The board
and the other players could say what
they want or not say what they know,
they can t change the facts. The truth
is out there. Love him or hate him,
you know and I know that the Prince
of Port-of-Spain is the king of them
Brian Lara....can't even get a school side to coach
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