Logie happy with Jamaica preparations
Kingston, Jamaica – Newly appointed Head Coach of Jamaica Gus Logie has said that he is pleased with how preparations are coming along as the team gets ready for the Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament from January 10th to 23rd in Antigua and Barbados.
"There have been some encouraging signs and players are starting to understand their roles and responsibilities in the side. Some of the players are still getting used to the whole setup of the Twenty20 game. We don't want to be too static and we have spoken about that so they are understanding the responsibility of batting in different positions, if needs be, and bowling in certain situations as well," Logie told the Jamaica Observer.
"I think the youngsters we have here are willing to work and willing to try new things and that's what it's all about. We must be prepared to evolve and embrace new ideas because change is constant and we can't afford to stay behind,” said the former West Indies batsman and head coach.
"In the recent practice games we have been looking at different options and we are looking at intensifying the preparation in the coming days. We will simulate other situations because we have to start preparing for instances where you have a tie, and have to complete the Super Over (to determine the winner). We are also going to try using a wet ball in case of rainy conditions (during the tournament),” Logie revealed.
"I don't want them to be surprised when they face a spinner opening the bowling. Once we can prepare ourselves mentally and physically it should not be surprising. We still have a few more weeks before we are off to Antigua and by the time we get there I think we will be quite happy in our minds," the 50 year old Trinidadian related who has just completed his first month in the job which follows his stint with the Bermuda national team.
Jamaica finished fourth in the 2010 edition of the Caribbean Twenty20, losing their third palce play-off against Trinidad & Tobago.