Windies legend Greenidge, Bangladesh officially bury long-running feud

By Sports Desk May 15, 2018
Windies legend Gordon Greenidge. Windies legend Gordon Greenidge.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and West Indies legend Gordon Greenidge have buried a long-running feud that stemmed from the former coach’s unceremonious sacking almost two decades ago.

The 67-year-old Greenidge became a celebrated figure in Bangladesh in the late 90s after guiding the Asian country to the ICC Trophy title in Malaysia in 1997 and steering the then cricket minnows to their first World Cup.  For his achievements, the batsman was awarded honorary citizenship but things went downhill quickly after he opposed the country’s bid for Test status, which he did not think they were ready for. 

Greenidge was as a result booted from the team unceremoniously as it prepared to face Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in England.  On Monday, however, the BCB hosted a reception for Greenidge in Dhaka, which featured officials and several former members of the successful team.

"The parting was disappointing. I would have liked to spend more time with Bangladesh cricket, but it wasn't to be. I have no ills. But these things happen," Greenidge told reporters at the reception.

The former coach admitted he was eager to forgive all past transgressions.

"I cherish all my memories here in Bangladesh. Now that we have met again, I sincerely hope that we can renew that relationship, and continue where we left off," he said.

The BCB also donated $US6,100 to a school Greenidge founded in his native Barbados.

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