Back at Cricket Canada’s head office two Mondays ago for the first time since returning from the United Arab Emirates where Canada finished a disappointing 12th in the 16-team International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty/20 World Cup qualifier, Gus Logie knew he would run into an unhappy chief executive officer in Doug Hannum.
The coach expected that.
What the former West Indies middle-order batsman didn’t know was that a decision was made to let him go after Canada fell to Kenya by 26 runs in the 11th place play-off game on November 26.
“The CEO initiated the decision and solicited input from the executive board which supported him,” said Cricket Canada’s president Ravin Moorthy.
Andy Pick, who coached Canada from March 2006 to May 2007, will prepare the national side for next year’s World Cup qualifier in New Zealand from January 13 to February 1. For the past four years, he has been the ICC Development Performance Officer for the Americas based in the Greater Toronto Area.
Nearly two months ago, Pick resigned as the United States of America Cricket Association High Performance manager after just two months on the job.
“Andy started his new assignment late last week and he will be with us full-time until the end of the World Cup qualifier,” Moorthy said. “We will make a decision on a full-time coach after that.”
It’s clear that Logie was blindsided by the firing as he was already preparing for next year’s global 50-over qualifier.
“It was a surprise when I went to the office and the CEO said they were going in a different direction,” Logie told Share before flying home late last week. “I was also disappointed.”
He will spend the Christmas holidays with his family in Trinidad & Tobago before planning his next move.
“I hope to continue coaching, but not in an environment like what I was in here,” he added. “I hope it will be in a more professional set up. You have to have an understanding of what it takes to move players from one point to another. It takes time, facilities and support. All those things need to go hand-in-hand if you hope to get the best out of anybody. At the end of the day, you want people to back you as much as possible.”
Logie, who guided Canada to its first ever World Cup win in 2003 in South Africa, signed a two-year contract in June 2012 after Australian Michael Dighton resigned two months earlier after being on the job just seven months.
Moorthy said the decision to replace Logie was based on the team’s poor showing in the UAE.
“Gus is not solely to blame for the disappointing performance,” he said. “They had adequate preparation and we thought we had our best representatives. The players didn’t deliver and what we saw was not indicative of the investment we made in this core group. Something had to give and you can’t change 15 players.”
Pick will be Canada’s fifth coach since the last World Cup in south Asia in early 2011.
He has just four weeks to prepare the national side for the upcoming World Cup qualifier in New Zealand in January.
Canada will play warm-up matches against The Netherlands and Uganda on January 10 and 11 before its opening contest against the UAE on January 15. The national side will also oppose Hong Kong on the 17th, Nepal two days later and Scotland on the 23rd.
The top two sides in the 10-team tournament will advance to the 2015 World Cup.
Meanwhile, skipper Ashish Bagai, who returned from India last Sunday, has indicated he’s available for the World Cup qualifier in New Zealand.