Gordon Greenidge

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Gordon Greenidge
Personal information
Full nameCuthbert Gordon Greenidge
Born (1951-05-01) 1 May 1951 (age 68)
St Peter, Barbados
BowlingRight-arm medium/off-break
RoleOpening batsman
RelationsCarl Greenidge (son)
Mark Lavine (cousin)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 150)22 November 1974 v India
Last Test27 April 1991 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 16)11 June 1975 v Pakistan
Last ODI25 May 1991 v England
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 108 128 523 440
Runs scored 7,558 5,134 37,354 16,349
Batting average 44.72 45.03 45.88 40.56
100s/50s 19/34 11/31 92/183 33/94
Top score 226 133* 273* 186*
Balls bowled 26 60 955 286
Wickets 0 1 18 2
Bowling average 45.00 26.61 105.50
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/21 5/49 1/21
Catches/stumpings 96/– 45/– 516/– 172/–
Source: CricketArchive, 24 January 2009

Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge MBE (born 1 May 1951)[1] is a Barbadian former first-class cricketer, who played Tests and One Day Internationals for 17 years for West Indies.

In 2009, Greenidge was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[2]

Domestic career[edit]

Greenidge began his career in English county cricket before he played for Barbados. He played for many seasons with Hampshire in the English County Championship, where he batted as an opener with Barry Richards. He was therefore eligible to play for England until he opted for the West Indies.[3] He later made an appearance for Scotland. During his first-class career, he scored a total of 37,000 runs with 92 centuries.

International career[edit]

Born in St. Peter, Barbados, Greenidge played as an opening batsman for the West Indies. He began his Test career in 1974 against India at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Greenidge and Desmond Haynes formed a prolific opening partnership. The pair made 6,482 runs while batting together in partnerships, the third highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history as of 2019.[4]

During the 5th test of the 1983 series between West Indies and India, Greenidge became the first and, as of 2019 only, person in test history to be retired not out. He had to leave the match in Antigua while on 154 to visit his gravely ill daughter, who died two days later, in Barbados.[5]

Greenidge scored two double centuries against England in the 1984 summer Test series. This series was dubbed the "Blackwash" because West Indies won by a margin of 5–0. Greenidge scored 214 not out in the second innings of the second Test at Lord's in June 1984 and followed up with 223 in the fourth Test at Old Trafford in late July. The 214* was achieved on the fifth and last day of the match as West Indies successfully chased 342 for victory. It remains the highest run chase at Lords.

Greenidge became the first player in One Day International (ODI) history to score a century in his 100th ODI when he scored 102* against Pakistan in 1988. In that game he achieved that milestone as captain, with his century eventually going in vain as West Indies lost that match.[6][7]

Gordon Greenidge's career performance graph

In total, Greenidge played in 108 Test matches, scoring 7,558 runs[8] with 19 centuries, and in 128 ODIs, including the 1975 and 1983 World Cup Finals, scoring 5,134 runs and 11 centuries.

After cricket[edit]

Gordon Greenidge decided to pursue a coaching career and became the coach of the Bangladeshi national cricket team in 1996.[9] He was appointed the head coach of the Bangladesh national cricket team in 1997. Under his guidance, the Bangladesh men's cricket team won the 1997 ICC Trophy beating 22 other nations. This also ensured the qualification of Bangladesh to the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was the first ever appearance in top-level cricket. Participating in their very first cricket world cup changed Bangladesh cricket forever and lead to Test cricket status for the Bangladesh national cricket team in 2000, which meant Bangladesh was promoted to full ICC member status and began playing Test cricket matches. Soon after winning the 1997 ICC Trophy, Gordon Greenidge was conferred honorary citizenship of Bangladesh for these outstanding achievements of winning the 1997 ICC Trophy and simultaneously qualifying for the cricket world cup.[10][11]

Greenidge is currently on the West Indies selection committee for Test matches, along with Viv Richards.

Personal life[edit]

Greenidge's son Carl is a former cricketer who coaches at Bancroft's School with John Lever. He has a grandson, Reiss Greenidge, who is a footballer and currently plays in Norway for Sogndal.[12] He also received citizenship of Bangladesh for his great contribution as a coach of Bangladesh National Cricket Team.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 1 May 2013. Archived from the original on 9 May 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. Mr Gordon Greenidge, former West Indies cricketer, 62
  2. ^ Cricinfo (2 January 2009). "ICC and FICA launch Cricket Hall of Fame". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Gordon the Enforcer". ESPN Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 4 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Langer says emotional farewell". ABC.net.au. 2007. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009.
  5. ^ "April 30, 1983: Gordon Greenidge and the 'Tragic Century'". Cricketnext. News18. 30 April 2017. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Records | One-Day Internationals | Batting records | Hundred in hundredth match | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  7. ^ "2nd Match: Pakistan v West Indies at Sharjah, Oct 18, 1988 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  8. ^ "An island of legends: Desmond Haynes picks his greatest Barbados Test XI". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Bangladesh". www.gordongreenidge.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Greenidge arrives in city today on a 5-day visit". The Independent. 13 May 2018. Archived from the original on 14 May 2018.
  11. ^ "বাংলাদেশের বিশ্বকাপ–স্বপ্ন পূরণ করেছিলেন যিনি". Archived from the original on 4 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Ebbsfleet United sign former Arsenal and West Brom defender". Kent Online.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017.

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Preceded by
Viv Richards
West Indies Test cricket captains
Succeeded by
Viv Richards