Jun 29, 2016 Sports
It is said that when night falls the stars come out to play and so it should be when the Guyana leg of this season’s Hero CPL t20 tournament bowls off on July 7 under-lights at the Providence Stadium as local fans get ready to welcome the biggest party in sports to South American shores.
Ramnaresh Sarwan led the Guyana Amazon Warriors to the inaugural CPL final in 2013 and the South American based Franchise again reached the final the next year before falling in the semis last year.
This year, without Sarwan, who returns to competitive cricket to represent Trinbago Knight Riders, Warriors, the most consistent team in CPL cricket, will hope that they can win their first title.
Although the Warriors have lost their Trini brigade including Skipper Denesh Ramdin, Lendl Simmons and off-spinner Sunil Narine, they could still be a force to be reckoned with.
Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa who participated in the Tri-Nation Tournament and Guyanese leggie Devendra Bishoo are the leg spinners in the squad, while left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and off-spinners Steven Jacobs and Jason Mohamed could exploit tracks in the region that offer assistance to spinners.
If selected for the four-Test series against India which begins in Antigua on July 21, Bishoo will only be allowed to play the first four matches but if he and his slow bowling counterparts utilize the conditions in St. Kitts, Trinidad and at Providence, the Warriors could be off to a promising start.
The Warriors play their opening game tomorrow in St Kitts then go to Trinidad for their second match on July 2 before playing their next four games on home soil.
They then play a game in Jamaica and another in St Lucia before opposing Barbados twice in Florida.
The Guyanese Franchise, which includes left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir, Ryad Emrit, Paul Wintz, ICC Americas 25-year-old pacer Muhammad Ali-Khan and Chris Barnwell will hope to be involved in their fourth semi-final in the four-year history of CPL.
The Warriors batting will hinge on Skipper and overseas International batsman Martin Guptill, Chris Lynn, Dwayne Smith, Assad Fudadin, Orlando Peters, Jason Mohamed, Shemron Hetymer and Keeper Anthony Bramble, while Barnwell and Jacobs could also play big shots in the death overs.
The Warriors play four games at Providence (July 7, 9, 10 & 12) and two in Florida (28 & 30) and tickets for both locations are on sale both physically and on-line and are going fast with the Florida and Guyana legs almost sold out.
Tickets for Providence cost $2,000 (Mound), $3,000 (Orange) and $4,000 (Red & Green). Tickets for the three matches and one day (July 9) game are on sale.
Guyana Amazon Warriors squad: Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan), Chris Lynn (Australia), Adam Zampa (Australia), Muhammad Ali-Khan (USA), Dwayne Smith, Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammad, Orlando Peters, Stephen Katwaroo, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin, Anthony Bramble, Paul Wintz, Steven Jacobs, Shimron Hetmyer. (Sean Devers)
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