National cricket coach Gus Logie could be about to shake up the Island's World Cup squad just a few months ahead of next year's big tournament following yesterday's miserable three-wicket defeat against Canada - the team's sixth straight One-Day International defeat.
An angry and clearly frustrated Logie warned that he would be looking to bring in new and younger players when the squad return to Bermuda next week at the end of their five-week African tour. The Trinidadian coach had said at the start of the trip that the 15 players in the current squad would almost certainly form the nucleus of the team which will step out in Trindad next March on the country's World Cup debut.
But following a string of heavy ODI defeats - three against Kenya, two against Canada and one against Holland - Logie appears to be running out of patience. 'We'll have to look at other players, there's no two ways about it,' said Logie as he reflected on yesterday's loss. 'If this is what we have after so much work has been put in, so much preparation … if this is all we have to show for it, well it's very difficult.
'We'll have to look at younger players because we seem to have problems on the field of play … guys injured … some are trying but it's just not happening. You see them in the field … we're the slowest team in the competition.'
Logie agreed yesterday's performance was one of the worst of the tour and bemoaned the fact his players didn't appear to be learning from their mistakes.
'It was poor cricket from both sides as far as I'm concerned,' added the former Windies batsman.
'But I'm very disappointed with Bermuda. There was no fight … yes, the wicket had a bit of juice in it, but that's to be expected in the early morning when the fast bowlers are coming at you. We survived in the middle a little bit but then as usual we gave it away. The batsmen didn't seem to show any patience or any tactical awareness or what is necessary in given situations.
'You know, it's very, very disappointing to sit there and look at a team that I felt had grown in a lot of ways, in a lot of areas, going back to playing individual cricket. A lot of excuses can be given. People talk about playing for their places in the World Cup, but if that's the way they're going to play for their places … well, I'm sorry, their places will be up for grabs.'
Logie, however, denied that morale was low among the players, making their poor performances even more difficult to understand.
'You look at the guys, they all seem to be happy, they get back to their rooms and five minutes later everybody's having a good laugh, a good joke. I don't see the morale being low … the players go out together, they have fun together, but on the field of play there doesn't seem to be the same understanding of what is required. As soon as the pressure situation comes upon the team, then everybody goes into their shell … and that's sad.
'It's sad at this stage of Bermuda's development in cricket to see experienced players not living up to expectations. As I've said before, there's no doubt batting is our strength. If you look at past performances, batting has been the one thing we could count on. But none of the batters seem to want to stay out there long enough. Guys are getting into the 20s and getting out to silly shots. There's no excuse for it at all.
'You can't talk about lack of preparation. The guys have been playing since they arrived in Kenya, we had four guys at the Academy here in South Africa before that. You look at their performances and it's shocking.'