Practice match set for tomorrow evening at Providence
By Sean Devers
Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Lasith Malinga will no longer participate in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 cricket tournament, while his Sri Lankan team mates Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perera will only
play the first four games.
The Sri Lankans were initially bought for the entire CPL by the Guyana Franchise the Guyana Amazon Warriors but were forced to pull out due to the Pakistan/Sri Lanka series.
At 31, Malinga was expected to be the most potent pace with his round arm action and searing Yorkers but yesterday Trinidadian Manager Omar Khan confirmed that Malinga has pulled from the entire tournament which is scheduled to start on June 20 in Barbados with the Amazon Warriors facing-off with hosts Barbados Tridents.
The Sri Lankans will be replaced by Pakistani Umar Akmal and South Africans David Wiese and Marchant de Lange and Head Coach Guyanese Carl Hooper had said that his biggest concern was to get the replacement players ‘ready to go’ when they arrive and to settle in to the West Indies conditions and the slow and low pitches here.
The 40-year-old Australia Brad Hodge, who has played 233 t20 games is deemed a t20 specialist and is the other ‘overseas’ International pick and also with discarded West Indies Test batsman 40-year-old Shiv Chanderpaul, who should open the batting, could play key roles in the side with their vast experience.
Dilshan, Perera, the three players in the West Indies team and the replacement players will join the team in Barbados on June 18, Dilshan and Perera will play the game in Barbados, one in St Lucia and two in St Kitts.
Hodge, Lendl Simmons and Sunil Narine are expected here on today and Khan informed that the ‘Warriors’ players participating in the two practice matches tomorrow from 18:00 hrs under lights and on Tuesday from 16:00hrs, are all staying at the Park View Hotel in Farm on the East Bank of Demerara.
“The guys are all staying together to develop team building but when the tournament comes to Guyana all the teams will be accommodated at the Marriot Hotel,” Khan informed.
Yesterday the players had their first chance to use the pitch and ground in a simulation game divided into eight-over sessions. Trevon Griffith, Assad Fudadin, Shemron Hetymer, Chris Barnwell and Shiv Chanderpaul were among those who batted.
Guyana Amazon Warriors Team Squad:
Denesh Ramdin, Veerasammy Permaul, Sunil Narine, Christopher Barnwell, Lendl Simmons, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marchant de Lange, Thisara Perera, Brad Hodge, Devendra Bishoo, Ronsford Beaton, Trevon Griffith, Assad Fudadin, Paul Wintz. (Umar Akmal and David Wiese as replacements for Dilshan & Perera)
Support Staff: Carl Hooper (Head Coach), Curtly Ambrose (Asst Coach-Antigua), Omar Khan (Manager-T&T), Jason Pilgrim (Physio-T&T), Clinton Jerimiah (Trainer-T&T)
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