Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cautious Logie optimistic about Windies

Former West Indies middle order batsman Gus Logie says he is disappointed the momentum that spurred the regional side to the ICC T20 title last October did not carry into the just ended tour of Australia.

Logie was reacting to the West Indies five-nil drubbing at the hands of the Aussies in the recent One Day International (ODI) Series down under.

Windies, however, went on to secure a consolation win in a one-off T20 match against Australia which followed the ODI series.

"You'll want to congratulate those involved for winning the T20 (World Cup). It certainly was a great thing for our cricket and we feel it's going to give us the kind of lift that we need," said Logie.

"Unfortunately now, we (did not do) too well in Australia and that's a bit disappointing because we felt we had the momentum going into that tour."

Logie currently coaches the Canada national senior team preparing for their ICC World Cricket League Championship match against Kenya in Dubai next month.

The Canadians lost recently in three-day, 50 overs and T20 formats to Trinidad and Tobago who were preparing for the start of the regional season now underway.

Logie, who was in his native Trinidad and Tobago for the warm-up series, says the players have an enormous role to play in returning Windies to the top of world cricket.

"Sometimes as much as you do, as much as you say, at the end of the day it's what happens in the middle. The players themselves have to be committed to the process of change," said Logie the former T&T captain and Windies vice-captain.

"At the end of the day, the sense of responsibility that lies on players' shoulders is enormous because you're playing, not just for yourself, not just for the team but for so many people in the Caribbean and outside of the Caribbean as well."

Logie played in the dominant West Indies team of the 1980s as a batsman and was almost equally well known as a strong fielder.

The diminutive right handed batsman seems positively cautious about progress being made by the current Windies cricket team.

"At the end of the day, it depends on what glasses you put on, you see things whether it's half-full or half-empty," said 52-year old Logie, who made 52 Test appearances and played in 158 One Day Internationals, scoring three international centuries.

"I like to see things being half-full. I like to be as positive as possible."

And he has also hinted that he may be interested in playing a role in the development of the region's cricket.

"Let's put it this way, if there is something for me to do, (if) the people who are there think I have a role to play, I'll leave it up to them," the ex-WI, Bermuda and Jamaica coach added.