November 23, 2006

Bermuda

Bascome calls for Bermuda to be given time

Martin Williamson

Bermuda's assistant coach Herbie Bascome believes that unless the players become mentally tougher then success will continue to elude them.

In a wide-ranging, no-punches-pulled interview with the Royal Gazette, the veteran St. George’s paceman, who was appointed to assist head coach Gus Logie earlier this year, also called on the Bermuda public to show more patience, reminding them that their country was the smallest ever to qualify for a World Cup.

“You know, maybe the players weren’t in the right frame of mind to play cricket.

“I thought the Kenya tournament crept up on us a little early, we didn’t have too much time to try out the facilities. And those facilities where we trained in Kenya weren’t the best anyway.

“Bermuda’s game thrives on team spirit and that spirit wasn’t always there in Kenya. Once we break that spirit we run into one or two problems.

“Individually, I don’t think we gave a full commitment to achieve and accomplish what we’re here for.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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