World Cup build-up December 31, 2005

Logie pleased with Bermuda progress

AFP

The Bermuda coach Gus Logie believes his team won't disgrace themselves when they make their World Cup debut in the Caribbean. Logie said he is pleased with the way the rank outsiders are approaching the tournament.

Bermuda are about to visit the United Arab Emirates for a nine-day trip as they start their build-up to the event. Apart from captain Clay Smith, whose troublesome knee needs surgery, and new-boy David Hemp who is in the middle of the 100-day residency qualification process, all of the national squad have made themselves available for the trip to the Middle East which begins on January 28.

"Morale is good and I've been very happy with the guys commitment and attendance at training," Logie told the Royal Gazette newspaper. "We are obviously coming up to what is going to be a very busy year and although the guys have enjoyed the success they've had and crickets new-found status, I think they have a sense of the responsibility they are under to achieve and to perform.

"Mental toughness is crucial at the higher level at which they are going to be playing and there is no room for complacency. It is important that we look at every option we have. We need to get in a position where we have looked at everybody and given them a chance to impress. We haven't got a Michael Holding or a Joel Garner so we need to maximise resources."