West Indies batting maestro Brian Lara says he is not despondent over going unsold in the Indian Premier League's player auction earlier this month, but that the franchise bosses evidently missed seeing the broader picture when they decided not to buy him.
The 41-year-old had appeared at the IPL auction for the first time but no team bid for him, rather surprisingly. Lara, who was in New Delhi to inaugurate a cricket clinic at Feroze Shah Kotla, said with his expertise and experience could have made a difference in an IPL side.
"I am not overly disappointed. I can understand the reservations of IPL owners and managers. But I feel they missed out on the broader picture. With my skills and knowledge about the game, I feel I could make a difference in a side. About 75 percent of players in IPL are youngsters and I would have liked to help," Lara said. "I put my name in the auction, so that I could continue my love affair with India. So may be next year. I will miss IPL but I certainly have a lot to do and I am very busy."
When reminded that he once mentioned being interested in assuming a mentor's position in the League, Lara replied, "My idea was not only to play 18-19 matches but also make a difference in the dressing room and team meetings. I would have liked to mentor a successful side. I am still able to do so, may be not in IPL but with the Zimbabwe team. Hope something of that kind will come in the IPL next time," said Lara, who is a batting consultant with the Zimbabwe team.
The way IPL went about auctioning the players did not gone down well with many former players and Lara conceded that the auction was a little bizarre. "I did not watch the IPL auction, my concern is to play. Well, American leagues have it but they have a draft system. It is not a great situation to be in, a player would not like it. It is a bit strange but IPL is happy with it, so it's ok."