Just two months after Bermuda appeared on world cricket's biggest stage, interest in the sport has dwindled to an alarmingly low level among senior members of the national team.
Since the national squad recommenced training at the National Sports Centre on May 7, with the exception of Dwayne Leverock, who is presently recovering from surgery to have his tonsils removed, only three survivors of the World Cup — Irving Romaine, Kevin Hurdle and Lionel Cann — have attended the twice-weekly practice sessions at the Sports Centre.
Veterans Dean Minors and Clay Smith announced their international retirement at the end of the World Cup as did Saleem Mukuddem, but there has been no sign at training of other World Cup players.
And while national coach Gus Logie is naturally concerned over the poor response shown by some of his more experienced players, the man who coached the West Indies to 2004 ICC Champions Trophy glory in England says he's determined to make the most of his limited resources.
'There seems to be a certain amount of disinterest as far as the cricket and the preparation is concerned for the players to play to the best of their ability, and maybe this is something that needs to be looked at when the Board has its AGM,' said Logie yesterday.
'People have been invited to train with the squad but if they aren't showing any interest then I think the Board will have to make a decision on that.
'It's as simple as that because I cannot say why players are not turning up when everybody is aware that the team leaves for Holland (ICC Intercontinental Cup) in August.
'The team is supposed to be training but at this point in time I have gone beyond being surprised by anything and I'm prepared to work with what I have. And at the end of the day individuals may have to decide why they are not coming out to training because everybody has been informed.'
Logie added that overall numbers in training were initially encouraging but went into decline as the May 24 holiday neared.
'We started off with 20 players and the attendance in training looked good before the holiday. And I would assume that the players will need some time to get themselves together. But I'm not going to be frustrated over anything because I have a job that I have to do to the best of my ability — although basically I think a lot of things are not good with people not turning up at this point in time,' the Trinidadian added.
According to Logie, the Board have yet to map out plans for the national team moving forward, and have instead directed more emphasis at the Under-15 and Under-19 national levels and the Island's women's national team.
Logie revealed that the Board were currently exploring the idea of inviting Canada's Under-15 national team to tour the Island in July to assist both the Under-19 and women's national teams in their preparation for upcoming World Cup qualifiers overseas.
The BCB have also received an invitation for an Under-13 representative team to compete in a regional youth tournament in St.Kitts this summer.
'A lot of emphasis is being placed in those areas at this point,' said Logie.
On a positive note, the coach said he had been encouraged by some of the new players who have committed themselves so far to the senior national programme.
'Some of the new faces that have showed up have shown a lot of interest and we are prepared to work with whoever is there,' added Logie, who along with assistant coach Herbie Bascome has been working with players at both national and club level since returning from the World Cup in the Caribbean.
And as far as the apathy currently being displayed by players towards the Board's Two-Day League is concerned, Logie reiterated: 'As I said before a proposal for a parish league was put to the Board and so the situation that is happening now was identified then.'
The league suffered a new low over the weekend as a seven-man Warwick team suffered a humiliating innings and 151-run defeat against Willow Cuts at Somerset Cricket Club in a Second Division contest that lasted just one day.
Warwick's dismal showing came on the heels of recent news that both Bailey's Bay and Police had pulled out of the league through lack of interest from their players, while another game scheduled over the weekend, between PHC and Cleveland, never even got underway as the pitch at White Hill Field hadn't been prepared.
'I think one has to be realistic and look at the numbers that we are working with — it's always going to be a limited number of players available to play,' Logie said.
'And even if you have people playing the game you have to look at the quality when you have youngsters maybe 13 and 14 years old playing against more senior players.'