Legendary West Indian batter, Brian Lara, is undoubtedly one of the greatest cricketers of all time. The former 53-year-old, recently, became the performance mentor for Cricket West Indies (CWI).

Lara will move forward, working with the international team and with the board as well.

His maiden mission is to assist the West Indies in a two-Test series from Saturday against Zimbabwe, a country they have faced 10 times in the longest format, winning seven and drawing three.

Lara will be assisting in providing the squad with tactical advice, thereby helping them in improving their game sense. The Trinidadian will also be working with the higher-ups on strategic planning for the upcoming ODI World Cup that is fast approaching.

I really believe that I can help the players with their mental approach to the game and with their tactics to be more successful," Lara said.

His first assignment will be with the West Indies Test squad, which he has already joined in Zimbabwe. He will help in the preparations ahead of the first Test starting February 4 in Bulawayo.

Lara, whose unbeaten 400 against England in 2004 remains the highest individual Test score, was part of a three-man panel that recently reviewed the multi-nation team's woes.

"The tours offer me an opportunity to make a tangible and meaningful contribution to the growth of West Indies cricket," he said.