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Chanderpaul backs Lara on captaincy

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Kingston, Jamaica, July 4 (UNI) Brian Lara maybe contemplating giving up captaincy but team mate and predecessor Shivnarine Chanderpaul believes that the current West Indies skipper is a very capable leader and has his backing to continue with the job.

''I've given it up now and Brian's (Lara) taken over and doing a good job. He's fully capable of doing it and he's got my full support,'' he told Cricinfo, referring to the change of guard which saw Lara being reinstated for the third time.

Chanderpaul said it was important for Lara to have the support of his team mates as it makes a huge difference to his success rate as captain.

''Doing the job as captain always has its own pressures. I've been there, done it and know what it's about. I know how important it is for the captain to have support of his mates,'' Chanderpaul said.

Recalling his own experience of leading the Caribbean team in the troubled times, Chanderpaul said he has moved on since giving up the the captaincy but has learnt a lot from his tenure.

''Losing most of the games made it a bit harder. But it's a challenging job, a good experience and you learn a lot from it. Then you have to move on and pass on the responsibility to someone else,'' he said.

A devotee of Lord Shiva, Chanderpaul dismissed suggestions that the Windies were indisciplined and their partying habits were affecting their on-field show.

''Everything has a limit. You have to know your own limits and can't afford to overdo anything. You're here to play cricket and you need to focus on your game. But we have lives to live as well. It's important to enjoy your life but remember that the main focus is cricket. You can't compromise on that,''he added.

Admitting that it took time for the team to adjust to the new coaching staff, Chanderpaul said things have settled down after the initial discomfort.

''When a new coach and his staff come in, it's a bit different.

They come up with different methods, ones you are not accustomed to.

You have to learn to adjust and move on. They're here to do a job and we've to do our job as well. It's sort of settled down now,'' he revealed.

Optimistic about the future prospects of emerging players like Dwayne Bravo, Chanderpaul said the West Indies cricket set-up has to handle and nurture young talents with maturity to raise their game.

''We have some exciting talent out there. Dwayne Bravo is a bright talent we have. He's been doing well both home and away.

Denesh Ramdin, Jerome Tayor and a couple of young fellows are doing well. We have some good players in the Under-19 level as well. We need to make them get a feel of things, make them feel comfortable.

Maybe by doing that we might help them,'' he observed.

UNI XC PM AY DS1256

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