“No senior-junior element in our team”- Malik

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By Avenash Ramzan

Skipper Shoaib Malik believes the Guyana Amazon Warriors players are gelling well ahead of the start of the Hero Caribbean Premier League 2019.

The Warriors, yet to win a title after four failed attempts in the final, will take on St. Lucia Zouks in their opening game on Thursday evening from 18:00h at the National Stadium, Providence.

Malik, addressing a massive group of local journalists at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, on the eve of the match, noted that the camaraderie among the players has been a salient feature of their brief five-day camp.

“Well, you must have seen the (practice) games which we have played and you saw everyone was gelling,” Malik said. “Overall, we’re gelling well and that’s the key. This team has been pretty consistent over the years and I think this was one of our biggest elements we always had in our dressing room.”

“There is no senior-junior element in our team, and I don’t believe in that. No matter how much cricket you have played, if you give comfort zone to those youngsters I think that’s the key.”

“Our senior players, they’re guiding them (the younger one), because it’s not just about your own performance. There is a bigger picture, about how to groom youngsters and how they can play for West Indies and do well for the country.”

The Guyana Amazon Warriors squad reads: Shadab Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Shoaib Malik, Shimron Hetmyer, Ben Lauglin, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Keagan Simmons, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Veerasammy, Permaul, Anthony Bramble and Clinton Pestano.

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