1969: Born May 2 in Santa Cruz, Trinidad. Youngest of seven brothers in a family of 11.
1984: Plays under-19 representative cricket at the age of 15.
1987: Makes first-class debut. Captains West Indies Under-23 team against Pakistan.
1988: Leads West Indies to first youth World Cup in Australia.
1990: Makes Test debut against Pakistan in Lahore.
1993: Scores first Test century against Australia in Sydney. Goes on to score 273.
1994: Makes highest score in Test history of 375 against England in Antigua on April 18. Agrees to join Warwickshire.
June 3 - Becomes first player to score seven centuries in eight first-class innings. Innings of 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham breaks host of records, including highest score in first-class cricket. Helps the county record an historic treble, with Warwickshire winning the County Championship, Benson and Hedges Cup, and Sunday League. Asks to be released from his contract at Edgbaston after telling the county he would be unable to give Warwickshire the "necessary commitment" for remainder of his three-year contract.
1995: Announces his retirement at a stormy team meeting during West Indies' tour of England after a verbal clash with then-captain Richie Richardson.
Persuaded to change his mind by then-West Indies Cricket Board president Peter Short. When fined 10% of his fee, pulls out of a tour of Australia at the last minute. Threatens to quit the game because of 'burn-out', saying "cricket is ruining my life".
1996: Receives written reprimand from the WICB after several verbal outbursts. Named International Cricketer of the Year.
1997: Leads West Indies to victory in his only Test as captain against India in Barbados in March when Courtney Walsh is absent through injury. Confirms he is to return to Warwickshire and the county makes him their captain for 1998 season.
1998: Replaces Walsh as West Indies captain after they lose Test series 3-0 in Pakistan.
November - Sacked as West Indies captain after a pay dispute with cricket board puts imminent tour to South Africa in jeopardy. After four days of talks in a Heathrow hotel is finally reinstated as captain and tour goes ahead.
1999: Nightmare tour of South Africa as West Indies are whitewashed. Comes back to form in the tour by Australia. West Indies knocked out in the group stages of World Cup.
February - Disastrous series in New Zealand, where the Windies lose both Tests and all five one-day internationals. Resigns captaincy on completion of the tour and announces he is taking a break from the game. Misses home series with Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
May 11 - Included in West Indies squad to tour England, but not as captain despite speculation he may opt out.
West Indies lose summer series in England 3-1 after winning first Test in Edgbaston. Lara averages just 26.55.
December - Drops out of the top 10 of the ratings of Test cricketers for the first time since 1994.
November - Hits 688 runs in the tour to Sri Lanka, including a high score of 221 - but cannot prevent the West Indies slumping to a 3-0 series defeat - the Sri Lankans' first ever series whitewash in their 19-year Test history.
West Indies crash out of the World Cup in South Africa at the opening Pool stage.
Regains the West Indies captaincy for the home series against Australia, which is lost 3-1.
June - Guides the West Indies to a 1-0 win in the two-Test series against Sri Lanka. An innings of 299 helps Lara to a series average of 149.50.
November - West Indies win series in Zimbabwe, but then go on to lose the four-Test series in South Africa.
March - Out for a duck in both the first and second Tests as England take command of the four-match series in the Caribbean.
April - England win the third Test by eight wickets in Bridgetown, Barbados to clinch their first series win in the Caribbean since 1968.
April 11 - Scores 313 not out as West Indies take control of the fourth Test in St John's, Antigua - becoming only the second player in Test cricket history to score two triple centuries.
April 12 - Breaks Matthew Hayden's world-record Test score of 380, reaching 400 before the Windies declare on 751 for five.
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