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Bermuda coach to step down amid criticism

Bermuda coach to step down amid criticism

The coach will step down in September when his contract expires.

Hamilton, (Bermuda): Bermuda cricket coach Gus Logie has announced he will step down in September when his contract expires, the island’s cricket board said Wednesday.

Some players have called for his dismissal following Bermuda’s miserable showing last month at South Africa’s World Cup Qualifiers.

The team finished ninth, and with only the top four countries qualifying for the 2011 tournament, it missed a slot at the World Cup, lost its One-Day International status and was relegated to Division Two of the ICC Trophy.

The results are in stark contrast to Logie’s previous accomplishments.

In 2005, he became the first coach to take Bermuda to a World Cup after qualifying for the 2007 tournament.

He also led Bermuda to the 2005 semifinals of the Intercontinental Cup and saw them win their first One Day International in 2006, the same year they won the Americas Regional 50 Overs Championship.

In 2008, the team won its first ODI series against Canada.

“The Board is naturally disappointed Gus has decided to move on,” BCB president Reginald Pearman said. “He is a thorough professional and an ideal role model for all our players. He is truly a world-class coach who has accomplished a lot for cricket in Bermuda.”

As a former West Indies batsman, Logie played 52 times, scoring 2470 in 78 innings at an average of 35.79. His top score of 130 came against India in 1983.

He retired in 1993 and became a coach, taking charge of Canada and then guiding West Indies to its triumph in the 2004 Champions Trophy. But it was a difficult time for West Indies cricket and Logie’s tenure was rarely without criticism. He quit “by mutual consent” shortly after returning home.

first published:May 07, 2009, 14:57 IST