Gus Logie has been fired as coach after Canada failed to qualify for next year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty/20 World Cup.
The former West Indies middle-order batsman was informed on Monday by Cricket Canada’s chief executive officer Doug Hannum that his services were no longer needed.
A replacement will be named shortly.
Logie and most of the Greater Toronto Area-based players returned to the city last Thursday from the United Arab Emirates.
When asked why Nepal and Hong Kong – and not Canada – are going to the World Cup in Bangladesh starting next March, Logie’s response was quite telling.
“They are passionate and determined, they have the will to succeed, there is a sense of camaraderie among them and they are happy with each other,” said Logie. “That’s the feedback I get from their camps and those are things we have to emulate.”
Canada finished a disappointing 12th in the just concluded 16-team qualifier in the United Arab Emirates while the Pubudu Dassanayake-coached Nepal – which won the World Cricket League Division Three tournament to advance to the qualifier – and Hong Kong which was in Division Four five years ago – both advanced to a World Cup finals tournament for the first time.
The other Associate qualifiers are Ireland, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and The Netherlands. They will join the 10 Test-playing nations in the fifth Twenty/20 competition from March 16 to April 6.
The national side lost six of eight matches, including a two-run defeat at the hands of eventual champions Ireland with seven wickets to spare. Canada’s only victories were against Uganda by 44 runs and Italy by five wickets.
Logie said the loss to the Irish demonstrated Canada’s inability to demonstrate a sense of urgency and score quickly in the shorter form of the game.
“In Twenty/20 cricket, the batting strike rate is of importance,” he said. “Spending two or three overs and accumulating 12 or 13 runs is not good enough at this level. We need to get more runs than balls faced. At times, we try to preserve our wickets instead of going out there and doing what is necessary for the team and that was evident in the Irish loss where we had wickets in hand and fell short of victory by two runs.”
Canada’s most consistent batsmen in the series were skipper Ashish Bagai with 274 runs (av. 35.28) and Jimmy Hansra with 203 runs (av. 33.83)
“Outside of the two of them, our batting was inconsistent and disappointing,” Logie said. “The bowlers held their own in that we didn’t have to chase any scores in excess of 160 and our fielding was average. We have work to do in this area. In the shorter form of the game, you have to hustle because every run matters. We are a bit short on athletic ability and that’s hurting us.”
Medium pacers Jeremy Gordon and Harvir Baidwan were Canada’s leading bowlers with 11 wickets each.
Bagai, who is on a short vacation in India, will reveal in the next few days his future with the national program.
After graduating with an MBA last February, Bagai said he’s committed to playing for Canada for at least nine months. In the next two months, he takes up a full-time job in Toronto as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.
“Ashish has said he will announce his decision when he’s back, so we have to wait and see,” said Logie.
The Toronto-based players will be back in the gym this week before heading to the indoor practice facility next Monday to prepare for the World Cup qualifier in New Zealand from January 13 to February 1.
Canada is grouped with the UAE, Scotland, Hong Kong and Nepal while the other group comprises The Netherlands, Kenya, Namibia, Papua New Guinea and Uganda. The top three teams from each group will progress to the Super Six stage. The top two sides from that stage will advance to the 2015 World Cup which Australia and New Zealand will co-host.