Bermuda November 23, 2006

Bascome calls for Bermuda to be given time

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

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.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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