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December 3, 2013
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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