Saturday, December 16, 2017

Williams welcomes ‘Gus’


assistant: Kelvin Williams

Mark Fraser

Former Trinidad and Tobago head coach Kelvin Williams welcomed the changes to the national team set up ahead of the 2014-2015 season even though it will mean a demotion for him.

Williams now serves as assistant to newly appointed head coach, former West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago cricketer Augustine "Gus" Logie.

For Williams, the success of the national team is the number one priority and is happy to make way for the benefit of the team. "I am for any change for the success of the team," he told the Express yesterday. "I think Gus has the experience. He was a former Test player and a former international coach and at the end of the day we are talking about success as a team and it is all about winning," he added.

Logie represented the West Indies in 52 Tests, scoring 2,470 runs with two centuries and 16 half centuries. He played 158 ODIs scoring 2,809 runs with one century and 15 half centuries before retiring in 1993.

Among Logie's coaching accolades was a stint at the helm of the West Indies team when they won the 2004 Champions Trophy. He was also in charge of Bermuda and Canada. Williams says Logie's international experience will be an asset in the national team set up and is looking forward to working with him as the national try to win the regional four-day crown for the first time since 2006.

"I was there before and then I was back again for one cricket season when we probably just fell short but at the end of the day, best of luck for Gus and we hope he brings the success that the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board needs," Williams added. Williams is also backing the move to have centrally contracted players.

"I think the changes are there basically and it is nice to know there will be changes because we used to operate on an amateur kind of basis and now if you contract 15 players, it means you have their service anytime you need to call them to train so it is big plus there. I am all for that," said Williams. 

"I am supporting Gus 100 per cent. I will also be in the set up and I will be giving him all the support he needs," the former national coach added.