Gus Logie has worked as the assistant coach of the team since 2017. © Getty Images

West Indies head coach Augustine Logie has expressed sadness over the postponement of South Africa’s tour to the Caribbean and the subsequent World Cup Qualifiers in Sri Lanka due to Coronavirus pandemic. While the five-match ODI series against the Proteas was scheduled later this month, the Qualifiers were slated to start at the end of June.

“It’s unfortunate as far as the tour of Sri Lanka is concerned. Many players would have been hoping to do well in the annual regional tournament to stake a claim for the Sri Lanka tour, but it didn’t materialise COVID-19,” Logie said. “We are hoping and trusting that we will get the clearance to soon start playing cricket again.”

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However, Logie and his staff are in constant touch with the cricketers giving them instructions to follow since fitness is important to maintain in these tough times. “We have been trying our very best to communicate with the players regularly through Zoom, Whatsapp, emails and videos to keep them abreast of what’s happening,” added the 59-year-old.

“They are given their programmes, be it physical or mental, with the hope that they remain free from illness and injury.” Logie has also been in touch with the Cricket West Indies and other regional coaches via video chat to help West Indies cricket move forward be it the seniors or the youths.