Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge, who formed one of the most dominant opening partnerships in world cricket history as part of the all-conquering West Indies side of the 1980s, will visit the Cayman Islands this month.
The pair will take part in the Legends Reunited golf tournament and gala dinner organized by NCB Bank and Cayman Cricket.
Greenidge and Haynes, both from Barbados, were the cornerstone of the West Indies side that swept all before it, dominating world cricket in the 1980s with 19 Test series wins out of 20 in that decade.
Together they made more than 6,000 runs, as well as 16 hundred run stands, and were part of the side that recorded successive 5-0 series defeats against England.
Abali Hoilett, chairman of Cayman Cricket, said, “We are very excited to have our special celebrity guests here in Cayman for the weekend. Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes were a legendary partnership and it will be an honor to have them here.”
Phillip Harrison, managing director of main sponsor NCB, said, “This is going to be a great event and NCB is very proud to be a part of it. Cricket is a sport that can do so much good in our community. By helping young people to achieve physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction with positive role-models, we can help them achieve much more in other parts of their life.”
Hector Robinson, vice president of Cayman Cricket, said the sport is going through a rebuilding process in the Cayman Islands.
“We are in the process of implementing a five-year development plan to revitalize cricket in Cayman. The aim is to start with the support and development of cricket at youth level, and further down the line to achieve performance at senior level.
“The funding we receive from the International Cricket Council and government is not enough to allow us to fully implement our development plan, so we are calling on the private sector to get involved and support us. We are very grateful that NCB Cayman has been able to partner with us this year.”
The gala dinner takes place on March 17, and the golf tournament is on March 18.
The dinner costs $1,500 for a table or $175 per person. The golf tournament, in which both of the West Indies legends will play, costs $800 for a team of four. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.cricketlegendsreunited.com.