Dhaka – Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) greeted the Tigers’ former coach and legendary West Indian opening batsman Gordon Greenidge with a grand reception programme in the capital on Monday night.BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon handed over an honorary crest to Gordon Greenidge without whom the story of Bangladesh cricket can never be complete as the team emerged champions in the ICC Trophy 1997, in the process gaining entry to the 1999 World Cup played in England, under Greenidge.
In the World Cup itself, still playing under the BarbadianBangladesh again performed creditably, snagging two wins in their five group games.
BCB executive member and the first Test captain of Bangladesh cricket team Naimur Rahman Durjoy — also a Greenidge graduate– handed over a jersey of the national cricket team to the legendary batsman.
Greenidge is an honorary passport holder citizen of Bangladesh, which he received after Bangladesh’s ICC Trophy win in Malaysia as Bangladesh defeated Kenya in the last game to qualify for the cricket world cup for the first time.
Greenidge recalled his memory with Bangladesh team and became emotional saying, “I feel to come in the country again and again. This visit is the outcome of it. Though I was not here for a long time, but have a lot of memories and got many friends. I can recall that time’s Prime Minister [Sheikh Hasina], same person is now. If possible I’ll meet her [prime minister].”
Former Bangladesh cricket team captain and chairman of the BCB cricket operations Akram Khan, spinner Mohammad Rafique, Habibul Bashar, BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu, Naimur Rahman Durjoy who played in the ICC Trophy and in the Cricket World Cup 1999 also present in the occasion among other former and current national team cricketers, including Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim.BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury and media manager Jalal Younus also present among others.UNB