Canada news December 3, 2013

Canada let go of coach Logie

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gus Logie, the coach of Canada, has been let go due to the team's lack of results, Cricket Canada announced on Tuesday.

Logie, the former West Indies batsman, who was appointed as coach of the national team in 2012, endured a difficult time at the helm. The team's most recent failure came in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, where they missed out on securing a spot in the World Twenty20 2014 by a long way, finishing 12th after winning only two group games out of seven.

The team is currently chasing one of two spots available for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, with ODI status and a place in the ICC High Performance Programme also at stake. Given how important the next few months will be for the team, Doug Hannum, CEO of Cricket Canada, said it was time for the board to act. "This is obviously a challenging time for the organisation but this decision is made with a view to prepare and send the best team to the World Cup Qualifier in January," he said. "Unfortunately you cannot change 15 players at once and something had to give.It's up to the playing group to pick themselves up give a good account of themselves in New Zealand."

Logie, 53, who played 52 Tests and 158 ODIs for West Indies between 1981 and 1993, had had a stint with Canada before, during the 2003 World Cup, before guiding West Indies to their Champions Trophy triumph in 2004. In 2005, he signed a long-term coaching deal with Bermuda but left them in 2009 after - justifiably, it was said - criticising the cricket set-up in the country. He replaced Michael Dighton for Canada in June last year.

"We would like to thank Gus for all that he did while he was with us. His efforts in 2003 in South Africa are part of Canada's sporting history and his hard work and dedication to his craft are unparalleled," Ravin Moorthy, the Cricket Canada president, said. "It's unfortunate that his tenure had to end after the disappointing tour of the UAE, but unfortunately this is a results-driven business and the results just weren't there."

Cricket Canada are yet to name a replacement for Logie.

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  • Amar on December 10, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Canada must focus on improving domestic cricket. Each and every center must have 2 or 3 firstclass fields, with turf wickets. multi ninnings cricket should be introduced

  • ramu on December 8, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Cricket should not be play in Canada...that is a country where people go to seek better life when they run from poverty and political persecution in their homeland.. just stay with hockey and forget about will never be a priority there..Canada is a place to work and live with what they have. Furthermore, Canada does not like and does not want cricket!

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Logie expressed deep confidence that Canada would have qualified for the WC T20 but his players let him down..... they had several good showings but T20 cricket is quite hard to anticipate.....anyhow good luck in your future endeavours....Coach....and best of fortune to the Canadians in their next major assignment in New Zealand.....

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Well said Allan716. It truly breaks my heart. But don't worry, changes are coming to cricket in Canada in the next 2 years. Gus Logie was a great coach and they will never get a better one. God bless Gus and take care.

  • Sujan on December 4, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Before the Qualifiers, I honestly thought Canada would finish in the top 3 in Group A. That performance was embarrassing; many folks in Canada are so passionate and are die hard fans but we have nothing to cheer about. The players are in their teens and inexperienced, or they are too old. We need more guys in their late 20`s & early 30`s. Someone tell Cricket Canada that there are players outside Ontario!

  • Allan on December 3, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Well Done, Cricket Canada! Gus Logie was the reason we failed to make it to the T20 World Cup. How about looking inwards at your own management and the way you run the game in Canada. Cricket here is a joke, you cannot expect to be a world beating side that only aims to create a game to appease the South Asian and Caribbean diaspora. Cricket has great potential to flourish, however, the politics and bureaucracy will never allow this game to be a success. The same is true for cricket in the United States. I say we should stick to hockey, the ice version

  • Dwight on December 3, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    embarrassing performance by Canada in the qualifiers...the program has really stepped back...

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