Logie: Too early to speak of progress
PORT OF SPAIN – Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies middle-order batsman, Gus Logie, has expressed caution with regards to the progress being made by the current Windies cricket team.
In an interview, Logie said “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. I like to see things being half-full. I like to be as positive as possible,” said the 52-year-old.
He added “First of all, 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. 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,” said Logie, who was in Trinidad for a week-long tour by Canada, who he currently coaches.
The former TT captain and WI vice-captain continued: “I think we have a lot of quality players still, in the Caribbean here. We still need to discipline ourselves and be committed as much as possible to making sure that West Indies product stays on top.
“At the end of the day, we entrust the people there to manage that, and trusting that they’ll, hopefully, do a good job. And the players just have to respond as well as possible,” Logie said.
The ex-WI, Bermuda and Jamaica coach added: “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. They have to be committed to the process of being a professional. It takes a lot of hard work, it takes a lot of discipline, it takes a lot of commitment.”
He continued: “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 so many people in the Caribbean and outside of the Caribbean as well. It’s a great legacy and we hope that the players understand that and live up to that in the near future.”
Questioned if he was willing to get back involved in West Indies cricket, Logie responded: “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. Right now I am in Canada and enjoying it to the fullest, cold weather and all.” (windiescricket)