Recovering Bermuda Cricket Board president Reginald Pearman yesterday expressed his disappointment over the three decisive defeats Bermuda suffered at the hands of Kenya in recent one day internationals in the African nation.
While only being capable of offering a few brief comments as he continues to recover from heart bypass surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, the cricket chief urged the public to continue to support Logie's team.
'Well as you can imagine I haven't been much in touch with what went on in Kenya other than getting the news that we lost all three matches and of course that was news that was rather disappointing,' he said from his hotel room. 'I feel that what the players have to realise is that they have to work harder to acclimatise themselves as quickly as possible when they go to play in other countries. They have to realise that they are on the big stage now and must be prepared for whatever hurdles are placed in front of them.'
Pearman noted that it was important to avoid negativity at this stage after the series of losses as it may have a detrimental effect on the team - pointing out that in order for them to restore any lost pride encouraging comments are needed as they approach the forthcoming ICC Intercontinental tournament clash against a strong Holland squad in South Africa on Tuesday.
'From here in Massachusetts all I can say is that I am still one hundred percent behind the players, they are still my team and hopefully I can make it down to Trinidad to support them in the World Cup next year,' said Pearman.
Meanwhile El James, former Board president and national team manager until May of this year, echoed many of Pearman's comments. But he went further and deeper into what needs to be done to improve the performance and attitude of the players. He admitted he was very concerned to read the strong criticism directed at the Bermuda squad by Cricinfo's managing editor Martin Williamson - pointing out that it was worrisome when an individual who covered the three matches in Kenya would expose Bermuda's weaknesses to the world.
'We actually need to turn our game around, especially when the thinking of some in the world is that we are going in the opposite direction after qualifying for the World Cup,' he said. 'We must buckle down and let the cricket world know we can be competitive at an international level. The local cricket fraternity has to remember that we (Bermuda national squad) are going through something we have never experienced before, the players are going to strange countries far from home, leaving their friends, families and loved ones and eating new foods, adjusting to new surroundings and playing on wickets that are different. 'It's a huge adjustment to their whole lives and it takes a while for them to settle down and deal with these changes - so to be honest it's unfortunate when a harsh judgement is made.'
James agreed that it was now vital for Bermuda to put emphasis on consistency and having players concentrate on lifting their individual games.
Looking back at Kenya, he said that not many of the players produced good performances at the same time and except from the occasional half-century and a bowler taking two or three wickets, nobody excelled. 'We need match-winners - look at Kenya's Steve Tikolo - he was always playing a spear-header's role and in return who did we have - nobody really,' James said. 'We lack a match winner in bowling and batting, nobody is a threat in these respective departments and this is not good. If we had one or two individuals who can come up with a century and a few fifties and a couple of bowlers who can capture several scalps in a game on a consistent basis then we could look forward to a few successful results. But without any semblance of consistency it's only going to get harder.'