Guyana’s trio to this IPL T20 Franchise in India, Shimron Hetymer, Kemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford were all retained by the Guyana Am
azon Warriors at yesterday’s draft in London, while Nicolas Pooran was named their ‘Marquee’ player for this year’s Caribbean Premier League which starts on September 4.
The Warriors will be coached by 37-year-old South African Johan Botha and Captained by 37-year-old Pakistani Shoaib Malik who has the experience of 111 T20s.
The 22-year-old Hetymer, the most naturally gifted young batsman in the Region, failed to make double figures in his first four IPL games before he was dropped but rebounded in the last match with a belligerent 75, while fellow left-hander 20-year-old Rutherford played seven games and made a highest score of 28 in a fairly decent outing in India.
The 21-year-old Paul made the most impact among the Guyanese, picking up a couple of three-wicket hauls and a Man-of-the Match showing. Paul also scored vital runs in the last few overs to take Capitals to victory.
The 23-year-old Trinidadian Pooran, a pugnacious left-handed batsman will also do duties as Wicketkeeper after he played for Barbados Tridents last year.
Pooran, who recently featured for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, played seven games with the highest score of 48 and has played 11 T20Is and one ODI for the West Indies.
Australian off-spinner Christopher Green and 20-year-old Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan who has 103 wickets from 86 T20 matches are the main spinners in the side along with Malik and Guyanese left-arm spinner
The other International player in the squad is 36-year-old Australian pacer Ben Laughlin, who played just five ODIs and three T20 Internationals.
Chanderpaul Hemraj, Clinton Pestano, Romario Shepherd and Anthony Bramble are the other Guyanese in the 15-sqaud. Permaul was picked up after the Warriors’ initial choice; Raymond Refier, who represented Guyana in Regional tournaments, was bought by Barbados Tridents.
Pacers Odean Smith, Brandon King, Surahbah Netravalkar and 20-y
ear-old Keagan Simmons who played his
five Regional 50-over games for West Indies ‘B’ in the last Regional Super50 are the other non-Guyanese in the side.
England batsman Alex Hales and Sri Lanka seamers Lasith Malinga and Isuru Udana were among the big gainers in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League draft, bagging USD $160,000 each after being picked up in the first round. Hales went to Barbados Tridents, Malinga to St Lucia Stars, and Udana to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. Steven Jacobs will represent the Jamaica Tallawahs, while Christopher Barnwell will represent the St Lucia Stars.
GAW Squad: S Malik (Captain), S Hetmyer, N Pooran, B Laughlin, S Khan, C Green, S Rutherford, K Paul, B King, O Smith, K Simmons, C Hemraj, V Permaul, C Pestano, R Shepherd, A Bramble and S Netravalkar. John Botha is Head Coach.
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