As GTT ink historic partnership with CPL Franchise
By Sean Devers
In a colourful Mashramani-like atmosphere in the Presidential suite of the Providence
Stadium the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GWA), one of the sixes Franchise teams in the 2017 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) t20 cricket tournament, launched their historic partnership with GTT as the team’s premier sponsor with plenty of pomp and splendor.
The GTT partnership with GAW’s was described by Warriors’ Media and Marketing officer and Assistant Operations Manager John Ramsingh as ‘significant’ and was the first time in the five-year history of the CPL that Guyana’s only land line providers has been on board.
This is also the first time they have partnered with a team which will see their brand showcased and promoted internationally vie live TV and Radio. GTT’s logo with the words ‘do more’ will be displayed on the front of the players’ uniform and will be exposed to the North American market when the event deemed ‘the biggest party in sport’ bowls off on August 4 in Florida with the GAW facing-off with St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots in Lauderhill.
The event matched the lavish settings when the players draft was done in Barbados and ‘Warriors’ fans could look forward to a rollicking time in a festive atmosphere when the Jaguars play on home turf on August 17, 19, 20 and 22.
Ramsingh apologized for the absence of Omar Khan, Team Operations Manager of the GAW who could not travel to Guyana because of the cancelation of his flight due to the Tropical Storm that Trinidad experienced Monday night.
“We the Guyana Amazon Warriors Franchise are really very appreciative and pleased to be partnering with the Guyana Telephone Telegraph Company in ‘doing more’ as GTT Slogan says DO MORE for not only the cricket loving people of Guyana but for the entire population of Guyana,” the Assistant Operations Manager stated.
Ramsingh said, Guyanese love their Cricket and with the exciting matches scheduled for August this year at Providence, the partnership with GTT is aimed at providing more information, more hype, more opportunities to get a chance to see these matches live and even a chance to interact in person with the International, Regional and the local players who will be in Guyana for four highly anticipated games.
“Together with GTT we plan to unveil a number of promotions and competitions where the people of Guyana will have a chance to participate and get the opportunity to win free tickets to the games or even win a GTT Special Prize. In the coming weeks leading up to the games you will be provided with all the details of these initiatives,” Ramsingh informed.
The Warriors have never won the title but this year they could break that jinx since 18-year Rashid Khan who befuddled the West Indies in the recent ODI series in St Lucia is one of the International players in the squad in addition to Martin Guptill, Chris Lynn and Sohail Tanvir while the Guyanese players on the team are all competent.
“The GAW knows that once we instill the passion, determination, will power and self-belief in all our team members throughout the tournament we are confident that we will emerge as Champions,” Ramsingh added.
Ramsingh noted, for this to become reality the Franchise needs the support of Corporate Citizens like GTT and as they enter into this partnership they do so with the aim of making not only GTT but all of Guyana proud of the Warriors.
“Let me on behalf of our Franchise Owner, Dr. Bobby Ramroop and the Management of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, thank GTT for becoming one of our Team Sponsors and we look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership for this year’s CPL,” Ramsingh concluded.
“We know that cricket is at the heart of Guyanese and Caribbean people. We know that GTT is at the heartbeat of the Guyanese people and so GTT’s intention is to bring the heat, the passion, the real fun and party vibes to the CPL and the Warriors during the four home matches,” said GTT’s CEO Justin Nedd.
Nedd told the large gathering which included Director of Sports Christopher Jones, five local members of the GAW, GTT’s officials and the media that GTT’s sponsorship of the Amazon Warriors is an expression of GTT’s understanding of Guyanese heart and passion for sports, especially Cricket.
“We promise nothing short of excitement for CPL in Guyana. GTT and the Warriors will blaze the fans in the stands and grass mound in full party mode. We want everyone to embrace what it means to be an Amazon Warrior – someone who is strong, courageous, a war-like person who stands up for what they believe in and makes a positive impact on their families and communities,” the GTT CEO pointed out.
The Director of Sports said the Government is focusing on cohesion, adding that nothing creates cohesion like sports and praised GTT for coming on board with this partnership.
“While we would love to do more, the Government can’t do everything and need help from corporate Guyana and this sponsorship shows GTT as a wonderful corporate Citizen,” the proactive Jones declared.
The CPL was first staged in 2013 and Head Coach Roger Harper said his side is a formidable unit, with the overseas players including Khan, should play the entire tournament and expected the local ones to offer strong support to give the Warriors a good chance of winning this year.
Harper said someone like Shemron Hetymer is young and aggressive and has improved a lot due to his international experience. Harper said Hetymer could be unavailable if he is selected for the West Indies.
GTT will provide 15-year-old Berbician Seon Glasgow with the GTT Youth Cricketer Award and will fully sponsor his trip next month to the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools cricket tournament in Barbados. Glasgow will represent Electra Academy at the tournament.
GTT also unveiled the ‘Warriors song’ an Infectious Soca rendition produced by Drew Thoven and performed by past GTT Jingles and song competition winner Calvin Burnett. A bevy of beauties clad in carnival costumes and a couple of GTT models gyrated to the pulsation rhythm of the Warriors song.
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