lost for words in S.A.
By RON FANFAIR
Jan. 30, 2003
Canadian cricket coach Gus Logie said on arrival in
South Africa that
he's impressed with the effort the players have put in
since he joined
them on January 10.
"Our preparations have not been the greatest, but
we made the best of
difficult circumstances," said Logie. "We have done
quite a bit of work
in the past two weeks. They are confident in their
own ability and I liked
what I have seen from them.
"?The players have a fair idea of what to expect
here in South Africa?
I think they are mentally strong to handle the
Manager Karam Gopaulsingh expressed optimism that
Canada will do well.
"We hope that people will be pleasantly surprised
by our performance here,"
said Gopaulsingh. "There are five million people who
are aware of cricket in
Canada and we owe it to them to do well."
Skipper Joseph Harris said the harsh Canadian
winter prevented his team
from putting in the necessary work needed to compete
at the World Cup.
"We've got to be realistic, but our conditions
coming here were not ideal,"
said Harris. "However, we have got to target teams we
think we can do
well against. We must think of ourselves as pioneers
because we want the
game in North America to undergo a revival. We will
not put too much
pressure on ourselves."
Canada, making its second appearance in the World
Cup, is in Group B
with Bangladesh, Kenya, Sri Lanka, West Indies, South
Africa and New
Zealand and was the second team to arrive in South
Africa, following Pakistan.
Samad delayed by U.S.
But Cavaliers batsman Abdul Samad's departure was
delayed for several
hours by U.S. immigration at Pearson International
"Though I don't know all the particulars, he had a
problem with immigration
and they had to do a background check," said Canadian
(CCA) administrative assistant Austin Ward. "As a
result, they could not
clear him in time to leave with the main contingent."
Samad, who broke into the Canadian side last year
for the Americas Cup
in Argentina, left on Sunday via Atlanta. The main
party had departed
Saturday via New York.
The eighth World Cup starts on February 8 with the
in Cape town.
Most of the games will be played in South Africa
while Zimbabwe will
stage six matches and Kenya two.