The Guyana Amazon Warriors will open their campaign against St Lucia Zouks on the 6th of September. They have bolstered their batting line-up with the addition of explosive batter Nicolas Pooran. Brandon King has joined the squad as well and he will look to make an early impression. On the flip side, they have parted ways with two of their leading wicket-takers- Imran Tahir and Sohail Tanvir.
Pakistani all-rounder Shadab Khan, who is the latest addition to the side, might play a crucial role as he has been a seasoned campaigner in the shortest format of the game. His leg spin coupled with lusty hitting will come handy for the Warriors in the time to come. Paceman Ben Laughlin, one of the finds of the Big Bash, will add spark to the side. Shoaib Malik will lead a pack which has got the potential to go the distance this season.
Players to watch out for
Shimron Hetmyer : The 22-year-old hasn’t been in the best of forms. But there is no doubting the talented Guyana-born stroke-maker. On a given day, the southpaw can lift his team to a victory single-handedly. He will look to put the drought-run behind and seize the season in style.
Keemo Paul: The Windies pacer is well suited for T20s. He has regained full-fitness and will look to castle the timber more often than not. With the new ball, Paul can create early in-roads and help his side restrict the opposition to modest totals.
History in the CPL
The Guyana Amazon Warriors have made it to the finals of the CPL on four occasions and yet their trophy cabinet lies vacant. They will surely be working on crossing the final hurdle this time around. They were handed a crushing defeat last season as the side went down to the Knight Riders in the finale by 8 wickets. Talking about stats, Hetmyer is their highest run-getter with 440 runs from 12 games. With Tahir no longer in the side, Green is the leading wicket-taker with 10 scalps from 11 outings.
Shadab Khan, Nicolas Pooran, Shoaib Malik, Shimron Hetmyer, Ben Laughlin, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Keagan Simmons, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Veerasammy Permaul, Anthony Bramble, Clinton Pestano, Saurabh Netravalkar
Shimron Hetmyer, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Nicolas Pooran, Shoaib Malik, Brandon King, Keemo Paul, Shadab Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Green, Veerasammy Permaul, Ben Laughlin
The Providence stadium will host the Warriors’ home games. The sticky wicket will favor the spinners and that is where the latest inclusions might come handy. The average first innings total at this ground is 134 and we have witnessed quite a lot of low-scoring affairs.
The Warriors are not the favorites to lift the coveted trophy this year, as per the betting experts. They have been stacked at 6.00, which makes them unlikely contenders to break the duck.
You are bound to pick the Pakistani duo of Shoaib Malik and Shadab Khan in your side. Malik is a reliable batter who can structure the chase perfectly. Shadab, on the other hand, has got a bagful of tricks up his sleeves.