A familiar face is back as the national senior team’s cricket coach.
Gus Logie, who guided Canada to its first-ever World Cup win in 2003 in South Africa, replaces Australian Michael Dighton who resigned last April after being on the job for just seven months.
The former Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies middle-order batsman was high on the list for the assignment that was presented to Dighton last September.
“This job was attractive to me because it’s an opportunity to work with talented players who have a desire to make a statement on the world stage,” Logie told Share from his home in T & T.
Logie, who was brought in to help Canada in its final preparation for the 2003 World Cup after Cricket Canada fired Aussie Jeff Thomas in December 2002, joined the national side in Scotland last Monday. Canada started a four-day Intercontinental Cup match against the Scots yesterday in Uddingston. The teams will play One-Day Internationals on July 9 and 11 in Edinburgh.
Since leaving Canada nine years ago, he guided West Indies to the 2004 Champions Trophy title and Bermuda to its first appearance in the World Cup three years later.
Cricket Canada’s president Ravin Moorthy said his organization is excited to have Logie in its fold.
“When you look at his body of work and what he has achieved both as a player and coach, it’s obvious that our players can benefit a great deal from his knowledge,” said Moorthy who was in Malaysia for last week’s International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual conference. “Gus has vast experience and he’s very well respected. We feel we have the right mix of players and having the right coach will help us round that corner.”
Logie is Canada’s fourth coach since the last World Cup in south Asia. Former Sri Lanka and Canada wicketkeeper/batsman Pubudu Dassanayake resigned after the World Cup in early 2011 and was replaced on an interim basis by Cricket Canada’s Development Manager Ingleton Liburd and Dighton.
Former Canadian fast bowler Davis Joseph says Logie is the right coach for the national side.
“Gus will give every player a fair opportunity,” said Joseph who was a member of the national side that created history by defeating Bangladesh by 60 runs in the 2003 World Cup. “He’s very personable and he will ensure that the players work hard to reach their full potential.”
After stepping down as Bermuda’s coach in May 2009 after the team lost its One-Day International status, Logie served in an interim capacity for a year with the Jamaican senior side before returning home to coach W-Connection Wanderers.
The married father of three children, whose wife is a 1985 University of Guelph graduate, represented the West Indies in 52 Tests, 150 One-Day Internationals and three World Cups. He also played club cricket in Adelaide, South Australia, Victoria, Central Lancashire and Fife in Scotland.
A 1993 Adelaide College of the Arts graduate with a certificate in Small Business Management, Logie coached several West Indies youth teams and has the distinction of never playing on a losing Test side during a distinguished 12-year career that ended in 1993.
By RON FANFAIR