Gordon Greenidge, one of the most extrusive fabricators of Bangladesh cricket, said he is proud for Bangladesh for their achievement in international cricket and that he always believed the country would find ground under their feet someday to exhibit strong competitiveness.
Back in 1997-98, when Greenidge was in charge of Bangladesh, the country, barely with some infrastructure for the game, was nowhere in the big scenario.
On Wednesday, Greenidge stepped into the green grasses of home of cricket after decades to had a met with Bangladesh national team cricketers who were in the practice sessions for the forthcoming international assignments.
“Be well prepared,” Greenidge said to the cricketers; “It’s possible to do well anywhere taking by taking sound preparation.”
Finding out the current top order batsmen of team Bangladesh, Gordon Greenidge advised Tamim Iqbal, the greatest opener in the history of the country that a good start is always important for any team.
“Sometimes a batting order needs to be reshuffled according to the needs of the team, especially in one day cricket,” Greenidge said.
Conveying his heartfelt wishes for cricketers, the West Indian great said, “I can only wish good luck to you all in whichever places you go whether it be West Indies or India. Concentrate hundred percent on your game. Don’t be too aggressive at the beginning. Do practice regularly, I hope you would all bring success stories for Bangladesh.”
“I did believe Bangladesh cricket would grow,” Greenidge said in an interview.
“It always had the potential to grow. It is difficult to measure the quality of Bangladesh cricket. Before, we were only playing one-day cricket. It was nice to see the players meeting the demands of the highest standards and more extensive games at the international arena. It was always going to be a difficult task to rise to the international standard,” he said.
“I am happy to say that they have done it exceptionally well. It is not always the case that you have continuous success. I can see Bangladesh cricket actually keep its head high and be able to compete credibly at the international stage,” said the West Indian great.
The Caribbean living legend uttered that the parting with Bangladesh was rather disappointing and that he hoped to stay longer with the team than he did.
Greenidge said, “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. These things happen.”
“I cherish all my memories here in Bangladesh. I just met [Gazi Ashraf] Lipu after some time. I believe Saad is not well. I had a good communication channel, which was lost. Now that we have met again, I sincerely hope that we can renew that relationship and continue where we left off,” Gordon cherished the old memories.