New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) West Indian batting legend BrianLara is not overtly disappointed with the IPL snub but saidthe franchisees missed the "broader picture" by not biddingfor him in the recently held auction in Bangalore.
"I am not overtly disappointed. I understand that everyfranchisees have their reservations. But I think they may havemissed the broader picture, because apart from my (cricketing)abilities, I bring along a lot of experience and knowledge ofthe game," the 41-year-old Lara said on the sidelines of acricket clinic at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium here today.
Lara, who retired from international cricket after the2007 World Cup, found no takers when players went under thehammer for the fourth edition of the hugely popular league.
"Almost 75 per cent of the players in every IPL team areyoungsters. But don''t worry, I would still come across, maybenext year," Lara said.
The flamboyant left-hander revealed that playing theentire IPL season was not at the back of his mind.
"I really never wanted to get out there and compete for19-20 games. Just wanted to be part of a good unit, attendingmeetings, training sessions and helping the youngsters," hesaid.
Lara aside, heavyweights such as Chris Gayle, SouravGanguly and Ricky Ponting were also ignored by the IndianPremier League franchises.
"Players like Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke (notpart of the league), it''s a bit strange."
Asked if he was keeping a tab on the auction, Laraanswered in negative.
"Honestly, I didn''t pay much attention to IPL auction.
But one thing I like about IPL is, the private ownership.
That''s the way cricket can compete with a sport like football.
"The World Cup is the biggest event in football, but it''sclub football which is more popular. Look at clubs likeManchester United. Like club football, it will be good forfootball if leagues like the IPL and BigBash in Australia dowell," he said.
When asked about Sourav Ganguly, who too met with asimilar fate, Lara said, "Missing out on IPL auction will nottarnish his image. He has done enough, and has been a greatservant of Indian cricket, and has been a very good friend ofmine." More PTI AH MRM