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19 years on, Bangladesh bury hatchet with ex-coach Greenidge

AFP  |  Dhaka 

have finally buried the hatchet with batting great -- nearly two decades after unceremoniously sacking him as head in the middle of the 1999

The Board hosted a reception for late Monday in Dhaka, reuniting the with his former players and the executives who dumped him.

led to the ICC Trophy title in in 1997, and also steered the minnows to their first

He was awarded honorary citizenship of Bangladesh in recognition of his achievements. But his relationship with officials soured after he opposed Bangladesh's bid for Test status, a move he considered premature.

Greenidge, who was sacked as Bangladesh prepared to play in a fixture in England in 1999, had returned to Bangladesh just once since his sudden exit -- until Monday's function.

"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.

Members of the squad he steered to victory in the ICC Trophy swapped stories with their old at the function.

Greenidge said he hoped the frostiness was resigned to the past.

"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.

In a goodwill gesture, Bangladesh cricket officials donated 500,000 taka ( USD 6,100) to a school Greenidge founded in his native

Greenidge played 108 Tests and 113 one day internationals and was known as one of the most destructive batsmen of his time.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 15:00 IST