Gordon Greenidge, the West Indies nice who was one in all Bangladesh’s earliest overseas coaches within the late 1990s, at all times knew Bangladesh cricket would someday overcome their troublesome begin within the quest for worldwide cricket. Even now, he’s happy with what they’ve achieved, having seen first-hand their extra fallow days when he was appointed coach in 1996.
Greenidge, who later guided Bangladesh to their first World Cup look in 1999, was accorded a reception by the BCB on Tuesday, with many cricketers from his time assembly him after almost twenty years. In a uncommon reunion, the likes of Akram Khan, Minhajul Abedin, Mohammad Rafique and Khaled Mashud, amongst others, shared hugs, laughs and tales with Greenidge, whom many thought-about a father determine throughout his 4-yr tenure as head coach.
“I did believe Bangladesh cricket would grow,” Greenidge stated. “It at all times had the potential to develop. It is troublesome to measure the standard of Bangladesh cricket. Before, we have been solely enjoying one-day cricket. It was good to see the gamers assembly the calls for of the very best requirements and extra in depth video games on the worldwide area. It was at all times going to be a troublesome job to rise to the worldwide normal.
“I’m pleased to say that they’ve performed it exceptionally properly. It shouldn’t be at all times the case that you’ve steady success. I can see Bangladesh cricket actually keep its head excessive and have the ability to compete credibly on the worldwide stage.”
The BCB additionally offered Greenidge with a Bangladesh jersey, a tie and a watch. It additionally donated Tk 500,000 for the Gordon Greenidge Primary School and library in Barbados.
Greenidge stated that whereas his departure was “disappointing” – he was unceremoniously discharged soon after Bangladesh’s famous win over Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup – he has moved on. “The parting was disappointing. I might have appreciated to spend extra time with Bangladesh cricket, however it wasn’t to be. I’ve no ills. These issues occur.”
Greenidge stated that he hoped to remain in contact with previous buddies in Dhaka. “I cherish all my reminiscences right here in Bangladesh. I simply met [Gazi Ashraf] Lipu after a while. I consider [Tanjeeb Ahsan] Saad shouldn’t be properly. I had communication channel, which was misplaced. Now that we have now met once more, I sincerely hope that we can renew that relationship and proceed the place we left off.”