Although not a formal part of the team management, Lara during his visit to India, will be playing a dual role of that of a tourism ambassador and a mentor for the Red Force.
      
Keen to help the team during the competition, the former West Indies skipper said, "I am just going to be there, not a part of management but as a former cricketer I am willing to lend a hand in any way I can.”
     
"I hope I will have a chance to interact with the guys while in India and whatever way I can help. I have always had an open door policy and I look forward to working with the guys, the management, the captain Denesh Ramdin and all the players," he told reporters.
     
As a T&T Sports Ambassador, Lara had played a similar role as unofficial adviser to the team during the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League.
     
"It's an honour to be part of the upcoming trip. I'm happy to be associated with Trinidad & Tobago's participation. We have a team that will make us proud," he said.
     
The Ministry of Tourism have sponsored the T&T team to help them prepare for the T20 tournament in India.
     
Denesh Ramdin-led team, which includes mystery spinner Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Samuel Badree, will take on the added responsibility of marketing T&T on the international stage.
     
T&T team, which is all set to leave for the sub-continent on Monday, will play a warm-up game before opening their campaign against the Brisbane Heat in Ranchi September 22.

(Agencies)

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