Friday, December 15, 2017

Logie: We deserve more trophies


Getting down to work: Trinidad and Tobago senior cricket team head coach Gus Logie, second from right, oversees a training session at the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre in Balmain Couva on Monday. At right is Mark Deyal, third from right is Yannick Ottley and at left is Adrian Barath. —Photo: ROGER SEEPERSAD

Mark Fraser

Discipline. Versatility. Commitment.

These are some of the traits new Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board head coach Augustine "Gus" Logie will be looking to cultivate and develop in his players as he tries to add to the trophy cabinet.

The former West Indies batsman and coach, Logie, is yet to have a full training session with all of his new charges, most of whom were involved in the recently concluded Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20.

Despite that, Logie has hit the ground running with some of the players who are available. 

He had a training session with Adrian Barath, Adrian Ali, Yannick Ottley, Mark Deyal, Bryan Charles, Ricky Jaipaul and Stephen Murray at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain Couva on Monday and he said it was good that he was getting to work with a small group of players so he could give them more individual attention.

Logie, who was coach of the regional side when they won the ICC Champions Trophy title in 2004, was also adamant that T&T should have more silverware in their trophy cabinet which is something he wants to correct.

T&T have not won the regional four-day title since 2006.

"When you look around T&T, many of the players have done well individually but the national team has not really succeeded. We have not captured the four-day championship for some time now even though we have quite a few players on the West Indies team. Collectively as a team we need to win championships," he told the Express on Monday.

"With the kind of infrastructure we have and the quality players we have we deserve a few more trophies on the mantelpiece and that is my aim at this point in time," he added.

But having talented players alone is not enough to win trophies Logie explained.

He said: "We keep talking about having talented players, but talented players are all round the Caribbean. We need to be disciplined in our approach to our cricket and we need to understand that patience is a requirement in both the 50 overs and four-day tournaments. 

"We play a lot of T20 cricket. We know how to hit the ball out of the ground, but what we need start doing is making sure we keep our wickets for longer periods and build big, long partnerships.

"There is talent all around and what we have to do is discipline that talent. We have to nurture that talent as much as possible and at the end of the day we have to motivate that talent to perform at a higher level," Logie added.

Already motivated by Logie's input is wicketkeeper-batsman Adrian Ali, who was happy for the individual help he has already received from the new national coach.

"I was shocked to get so much personal attention from the coach because he does not really know me because he just come in the system, but between two days, he has done work personally with four players—myself, Barath, Yannick and Deyal...He is making a difference already," said Ali.