Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette
Former Cup Match player George (Friday) Bremar has called for a major shakeup at Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) in the aftermath of the Island's crushing Stanford 20/20 defeat to champions Guyana.
"Our cricket has gone backwards and it's too much personal stuff going on at the Board," the former pace bowler argued. "Enough is enough and everything starts from the top.
"If the roof leaks then your house is finished, and we have been leaking for years.
"It's time to get rid of the current administration and put individuals in there who really have their minds set on moving Bermuda cricket forward. We have to be more serious about our cricket, and I think the time is ripe for change."
Bremar said with all the money Government has invested in the sport it is incumbent upon the Board to deliver on its mandate to move cricket forward.
"We should be getting some fruit on our investment. But at the moment we are not even getting half a dozen oranges when in fact we should be getting two dozen," he added.
"We are getting a bad deal and I think it's time for a shakeup because our cricket has reached very low depths."
BCB chief executive Neil Speight did not reply to emails yesterday.
For the second time in the tournament's brief history Bermuda slumped to a record low (62) en route to a heavy nine-wicket defeat against a Ramnaresh Sarwan-led Guyana.
Bremar described the loss as a "national embarrassment".
"It was a total embarrassment because the place was packed," he said.
"They embarrassed themselves and also the whole of Bermuda. They looked like they had never been taught the fundamentals of batting."
Hall of Fame cricketer Lloyd James is also among those unimpressed with the Island's woeful batting performance.
After clawing their way to 47 for three, Bermuda lost seven wickets for the addition of 10 runs as Guyana had things all their own way.
"I was very hurt last night (Sunday) because those guys didn't have a clue against the spin," James told The Royal Gazette. "I thought the footwork was poor and everyone just seemed to stand there and swing the bat. Some of them didn't even know how to swing."
Bermuda's susceptibility to spin was ruthlessly exploited as Guyana's four-pronged spin attack tilted the match in their team's favour.
James feels Bermuda might've coped better had they placed more emphasis in training on facing spin.
"When we played the game we used to acclimatise ourselves to the turning ball and I think this is what our guys now have to do because at the moment they just don't have a clue," he argued.
"They need to get more practice batting on a concrete wicket with matting so they can get used to playing the turning ball and ball that lifts. I think they need to go back to the basics.
"But you can't blame them because it was their lack of preparation. They are not used to playing the spin and they did not train for it."
James is also among those now calling for the return of former Bermuda skipper Charlie Marshall to the senior national level.
Marshall was dropped from the national programme in 2005 after falling out with then skipper Clay Smith and despite submitting a written apology for his actions continues to be overlooked for selection - something that doesn't sit well with James.
"I think Charlie's situation is personal and those who are responsible for dropping him should be held accountable for what's happening," he argued. "Even before they (BCB) dropped Charlie he was the only player that measured up against international standards."
"How are you are going to tell me a man like Charlie doesn't belong in that side," he said. "How can you leave a man like Charlie out in the cold and take a bunch of cricketers who don't even know the fundamentals of the sport yet. It just doesn't add up."