In 2018, Bangladesh cricket fans wait to celebrate series wins against other top-ranked sides and deep runs in international tournaments. But fans of a slightly older vintage remember when it all began, with expectations much lower and celebrations more spirited. Younger fans look back upon the time as the genesis of the successes they now enjoy. So it is no surprise that the fan community as a whole jump at the opportunity to reminisce upon the 1997 ICC Trophy win, a tournament during which Bangladesh qualified for the 1999 World Cup, which in turn paved the way to the granting of Test status in 2000. Yesterday at The Daily Star Centre, fan group Bangladesh Cricket Supporters Association made use of such an opportunity by organising a function in honour of Gordon Greenidge, the coach at the helm during Bangladesh’s most important step up. Greenidge is a genuine legend as he formed a vital cog of the supremely dominant West Indies lineups of the 1980s and it was a treat to hear him fondly remember the time when, under his guidance, Bangladesh qualified for the tournament that he had twice won as a player. The programme started with clips of that… Read full this story
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