Guyana Amazon Warriors to begin training on July 26


first_imgTHE 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.last_img read more