It was a night of nostalgia for Bangladesh cricket fraternity. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) accorded a reception for the former national Head Coach Gordon Greenidge at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka yesterday (Monday). Under him Bangladesh won the 1997 ICC Trophy in Malaysia and later went on to play their first World Cup in 1999. The reception of Greenidge offered a chance of a mini reunion of the ex and current players and Board officials of Bangladesh cricket.
Greenidge came to Bangladesh for a five-day tour at the invitation of BCB. Almost all the members of ICC Trophy and World Cup team were present to greet the man who once pioneered Bangladesh cricket. Aminul Islam Bulbul and Khaled Mahmud Sujan were not available as they are currently not in the country. Also the Preliminary Squad players of Afghanistan and West Indies tour attended to welcome Mr. Greenidge.
Following the success of Bangladesh team in the 1997 ICC Trophy, Greenidge was awarded with the honorary citizenship of Bangladesh. After the tournament, then Government gave him the Bangladeshi passport. Bangladesh played their first World Cup under his helm and achieved remarkable success with two victories over Scotland and Pakistan. After performed three years as the head coach of Bangladesh, Greenidge parted way with BCB during the 1999 World Cup.
BCB President Nazmul Hassan thanked Greenidge for his endless contribution for the Bangladesh cricket in the early days. “We want to thank Gordon Greenidge for the development of Bangladesh cricket. We will never forget his contribution for us. He was the main architecture behind our qualification to the World Cup for the first time in 1999. The successes we are enjoying today are the results of his early works.”
BCB Cricket Operations Chairman and the Captain of Bangladesh ICC Trophy winning side, Akram Khan expressed his joy to see his former coach after a long time. “Greenidge had a great contribution behind the position we are in now as a cricket playing nation. He was not just like a coach for us, he taught us many lessons like our parents. Not only me, are all the members of our squad are equally excited to meet him after a while. Greenidge involved with the two most important part of our cricket history. We will always remember him with honor”
Gordon Greenidge thanked BCB for arranging such programme and recalled all the good memories of his tenure as Bangladesh coach. “It was an unforgettable moment after winning the ICC Trophy. I remember we met with the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. It was a very happy moment for all of us. I did believe Bangladesh cricket had all the potential to grow. It was always going to be a difficult task to rise to the international standard. Today I am very happy to say that Bangladesh have done it exceptionally well across the international arena. I cherish all my memories here in Bangladesh with love. I don’t watch cricket as often as I used to, but I follow Bangladesh cricket. I sincerely wish Bangladesh Cricket Board all the best. My good wishes to current Bangladesh players for future.”