Logie to have last act with Bermuda in Shield competition

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HAMILTON, Bermuda CMC – Former West Indies batsman Gus Logie is expected to have his last tour in charge as Bermuda’s coach when they host Uganda in three one-day matches and a four-day game at the National Sports Centre here next month. The four-day match, starting on August 17, will be Bermuda’s first in the new Intercontinental Shield.

The tour is likely to be Trinidadian Logie’s last act as Bermuda national coach as his contract, which he opted not to renew, runs out at the end of September.

Logie said he was bitterly disappointed over the team’s performance in South Africa three months ago, when Bermuda failed to qualify for the 2011 World Cup. He had previously guided them to their first World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007.

A poor performance at the World Cup qualifiers in South Africa in April saw the national team relegated from the ICC Intercontinental Cup, the Associate nations’ top competition, to the newly-created Intercontinental Shield.

Bermuda and Uganda will follow up the four-day match with two 50-over games on August 22 and 23, with the tour ending with a Twenty20 game on August 24.

The Bermuda Cricket Board is in the process of appointing a successor to Logie but any announcement is unlikely to come until after the Uganda tour is finished, sources said.

“I am pleased to welcome the Uganda team to Bermuda … it should be an interesting series of games and it is great that our squad has the opportunity to compete in the new Intercontinental Shield format,” BCB president Reggie Pearman said.