THE Guyana Amazon Warriors’ first step to winning their maiden Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will begin on July 26 when the official training camp gets underway.According to Manager Omar Khan, the squad will assemble on July 25 before getting down to serious business the day after.Khan revealed that the encampment period will run until August 1. Thereafter, the squad departs for Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 2.The South American-based franchise have been one of the most consistent sides since the tournament’s inception, reaching the finals in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2015, the Guyana Amazon Warriors reached the semifinals phase.Following the draft process on March 10, all six teams opted for a large-scale retention after the cap on retention was relaxed for this season in order to keep the core of their sides intact.Such a strategy meant that big-name signings were few and far between. Teams were allowed to retain as many players as they want, and as such, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have kept nine of the men that made up the 2016 squad.The Warriors have retained Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, Australian middle-order batsman Chris Lynn, Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Rayad Emrit, Trinidad and Tobago batsman Jason Mohammed, Guyanese trio Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin and Steven Jacobs and Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Katwaroo.The Guyana Amazon Warriors have raked in six newcomers in their squad; Jamaican wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan, ICC Americas opener Steven Taylor, Barbados all-rounder Roshon Primus and the Guyanese pair: batsman Gajanand Singh and fast bowler Keon Joseph.In addition, the squad includes the young exciting batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who led the West Indies to the Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup title last year.The Hero CPL is set to bowl off on August 4, and the Guyana leg will see the Warriors clash with the defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs on August 17, followed by Trinbago Knight Riders on the 19th.The three-time runners-up Warriors will then oppose Barbados Tridents the following day, after which they play St Lucia Stars on the 22nd.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has nominated Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri amongst shortlisted players for the prestigious 2016 ITTF Star Awards.The global table tennis ruling body announced the nominees for the 2016 Male & Female Table Tennis Stars & Star Point yesterday, with the winners to be crowned at the awards ceremony in Doha, Qatar on December 8, 2016. The fourth edition scheduled to hold at the Doha’s prestigious Sheraton Hotel is to celebrate the world’s best table tennis players’ achievements in 2016.Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) President & ITTF Deputy President, Khalil AL-Mohannadi said: “On behalf of QTTA, I am excited to be hosting the celebrations for the world’s best table tennis players in Doha, Qatar.“QTTA have very elaborate plans for the 2016 ITTF Star Awards and everyone in attendance and fans around the world watching on TV will surely enjoy the show we have planned to honour the most important people in our sport, the athlete’s and their achievements in 2016.”The nominees for the Male Table Tennis Star presented by DHS, as nominated by the ITTF Athletes’ Commission include:*Quadri Aruna (NGR): First ever African Olympic Games Quarterfinalist. Highest ever world ranked African player at 25 in the world*Fan Zhendong (CHN): 2016 Men’s World Cup champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles*Ma Long (CHN): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles and Team Champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles*Jun Mizutani (JPN): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles Bronze Medalist and Team Silver Medalist, 2016 World Team Championships Silver Medalist, three 2016 ITTF World Tour titlesUpon the nomination, world number one and 2015 Male Table Tennis Star Ma Long said of the award; “It’s an honour to be nominated again this year, and I am happy that table tennis has gained a lot of attention and popularity after the Olympic Games. I hope that this phenomenon will continue for our sport.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram