Gus Logie appointed T&T Head Coach

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Augustine Logie, the former national cricket team captain and West Indies team coach, has been confirmed as the new coach of the Trinidad and Tobago team, according to a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB).

Logie, when contacted yesterday, stated, “like everything else, I’m pleased with the opportunity to be involved in Trinidad and Tobago cricket, and the opportunity to work with so many talented young players, and to hopefully see their progress to the West Indies team.” 

The 53-year-old Logie, after retiring from First Class cricket in 1993, has been involved heavily in coaching, with a stint with Canada before taking over the West Indies reins from Roger Harper in 2003. He guided the West Indies to the 2004 Champions Trophy title in England but was replaced months later by Australian-born Bennett King. 

He then served as coach of Bermuda for the 2007 World Cup here in the Caribbean but resigned after the team’s failure to qualify for 2011 World Cup. Logie returned to Canada but was sacked last year after the team was unable to book a spot in the 2014 T20 World Cup. He also had brief spells with W Connection Wanderers, in the local leagues, and Jamaica, but this appointment will see the ex-right handed batsman and ace fielder return to the land of his birth.

“It feels good, on home soil, it’s where I started I must admit,” Logie said. “I was involved at the youth level, with the first Academy intake. It’s like I’ve come full circle.” 

He continued, “having seen those guys graduate and play for the national and West Indies teams makes you feel good. It’s an opportunity again being afforded to me and I’m certainly going to grab it with both hands.” 

Admitting that the appointment took place a month ago, Logie has been working with the national players who are not currently involved with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), including leg-spinner Imran Khan and opening batsman Adrian Barath. 

As a member of the star-studded West Indies team from 1981-1993, Logie played 52 Tests, scoring 2,470 runs at an average of 35.79, as well as 158 One-Day Internationals, scoring 2,809 runs at 28.95. 

“You bring to the table your own discipline, commitment, sense of responsibility and work ethic so you’re entrusting that so those in your charge can look up to that and try to emulate that as much as possible,” Logie said. “Apart from that, you bring your own knowledge and integrity to proceedings.” 

Dudnath Ramkissoon, cricket operations manager of the TTCB, confirmed yesterday that Logie has replaced Kelvin Williams as coach of the men’s team. 

Ramkissoon said that David Williams will continue as the team’s technical director, but Kelvin Williams has been demoted to the role as assistant coach. 

The 2014-2015 season is set to bowl off in November and the former TTCB vice-president, when asked if Logie will be in charge only for the Regional Four Day Championships, replied, “right now he’s the national coach. He’s been working with the contracted players.” 

Trinidad and Tobago lost to the Windward Islands at the Queen’s Park Oval in the semi-final phase of the 2014 Regional Four Day Championships. But Ramkeesoon made it clear that the team’s failure to secure the Four Day title was not a reason for a change at the tactical level. 

“This is a new thing that is happening throughout the Caribbean,” said Ramkeesoon, with regards to the revamped Regional First Class tournament. “We needed somebody with experience who can work in that capacity (with contracted players). Gus, with his experience, can do some work with those players.”

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:12