Brian Lara takes a swipe at the West Indies tantrums on their 1980 NZ tour
Brian Lara has lashed out at the West Indies team's behaviour on their fractious cricket tour of New Zealand in 1980.
The tour featured several unruly moments, including pace bowler Colin Croft shoulder-charging Kiwi umpire Fred Goodall as he ran into bowl in one of the tests. Another fast bowler, Michael Holding, spectacularly kicked out a stump after his appeal for the dismissal of New Zealand batsman John Parker was turned down.
The West Indies team, led by Clive Lloyd, were not happy with the New Zealand umpires and at one stage had to be persuaded to take the field after threatening not to come out of their dressing room.
Lara, one of test cricket's great batsmen, delivered the the annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's on Monday evening (Tuesday NZT).
He said he was "truly embarrassed" at times by the behaviour of some of the great West Indies sides of the 1980s and 90s, The Times reported.
Lara, one of test cricket's greatest batsmen, felt the dominant West Indies sides of the 1980s and early 1990s sometimes employed tactics that he did not approve of, resulting in them "playing the game in a way it should never, ever be played".
"I grew up at a time when West Indies dominated the world. For 15 years from 1980, West Indies never lost a test series. And just before that, Colin Croft decided he was going to take a piece out of Fred Goodall's shoulder and ran into the umpire during a test match.
"Michael Holding decided he was no longer a cricketer, he was a footballer, and he kicked a stump. I'm sure the occurrences during that period had a big effect on cricket."
Lara, who scored 11,953 test runs at an average of 52.88, called on today's batsmen to "walk" when they know they are out, The Times reported.
He suggested the leading sides had a responsibility to "show the way and lead the way".
They had to act "to ensure that the integrity of the game is upheld", he said.