Legendary former West Indies cricketers, Clive Lloyd and Gordon Greenidge, have been awarded Knighthoods in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
Lloyd, the 75-year-old who captained West Indies to World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979, was honoured for his services to cricket. Greenidge, the 68-year-old former opening batsman, has been conferred with the Order of St Michael and St George Knight Commander for “services to cricket and to the development of sport” on the overseas list.
“This is a tremendous honor. I’m delighted and humbled to receive this honor bestowed upon me by Her Majesty. I gave over 50 years of my life to this great game and to be recognized in this way, I know my contribution is well respected. To be honored for playing a sport I enjoyed and which brought great pleasure to many is a pleasant surprise. This is dedicated to my family, and all the people who were part on this journey with me – the West Indies and Guyana and Lancashire players, all the West Indian people, and all those who supported us. Also, great to hear the news that Gordon has been honored as well. He has been a great servant of the game as well and his is richly deserved,” Lloyd said.
Greenidge, who is also a former Bangladesh national team coach, said that he is grateful that he received the award while he is still alive.
“It’s something I appreciate very much and it’s nice to be recognized while I’m here to receive it…. I’m happy to say it was done while I could still get around. I also want to say thanks to my many team-mates over the years. I played alongside some amazing players and formed many great partnerships and relationship. This is an honor I will cherish.”