West Indies legends to attend local cricket fundraiser

Legends Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes at Kensington Oval (WICB photo by Nicholas Reid)

The legendary West Indies pair of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes will be reunited when they visit Cayman Islands later this year.

The retired cricketers will visit in March as the headliners of a Cayman Cricket fundraiser. Legends Reunited is a fundraising Golf Tournament on Friday 17 March, and a gala dinner on Saturday 18 March.

“We are excited to have as our special celebrity guests for the weekend, the legendary former West Indies opening batting partners, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes. They will both be playing in the Golf Tournament and, will be attending the Gala Dinner,” a Cayman Cricket spokesperson said.

Greenidge and Haynes, both from Barbados, teamed up to form the most dominant opening partnership throughout the 1980s. Together, they made more than 6,000 runs together with 16 hundred-run stands as a pair.

Cayman Cricket is in the process of a five-year development plan aimed at revitalising the sport locally, starting at the youth level, with the objective of sustainable long-term growth and performance at the senior level.

Cayman Cricket is an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). In addition to funding it receives from the ICC, the association gets financial support from government, which has identified cricket as one of the islands’ focus sports.

“Even with the funding received from the ICC and the government, there is a significant shortfall in the level of funding required by Cayman Cricket to fully implement the Development Plan,” the Cayman Cricket spokesperson said.

“As a further part of its drive to meet its funding requirements, but also to raise the visibility and profile of the game in the Islands, Cayman Cricket aims to organise some relatively ambitious various fund raising events.  The first of these events is Cayman Cricket’s Legends Reunited Golf Tournament and Gala Dinner.”

Attendance at the gala dinner costs either $1,500 for a table or $175 per person. The golf tournament, in which both West Indies legends will be playing, costs $800 for a team of four. Potential sponsors and others interested in more information can contact cricketlegendsreunited@gmail.com.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.