CPL 2021: Pooran to captain Guyana Amazon Warriors


The Guyana Amazon Warriors have confirmed the appointment of Nicholas Pooran as captain for the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season which gets underway August 26 at Warner Park, St. Kitts.

A release on Monday stated, Pooran has been part of the Amazon Warriors since 2018 and has scored 437 runs at an average of 31.21.

The Trinidadian is also the West Indies Twenty20 International Vice-captain, had a successful debut to captaincy this year when he led the West Indies to a 4-1 series victory over Australia in St. Lucia.

Commenting on the appointment, Pooran stated: “I am really excited to be taking on this challenge with the Guyana Amazon Warriors and want to express my appreciation to the franchise for the confidence they have expressed in me. We have a great team unity going and we support each other fully. I am looking forward to getting our tournament off to a winning start.”

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – AUGUST 30: Nicholas Pooran (R) of Guyana Amazon Warriors hits 6 during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match 20 between St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Queen’s Park Oval on August 30, 2020 in Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Operations Manager Omar Khan expressed: “We have enjoyed watching Nicholas grow as a cricketer and a leader during his tenure with Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise and we are looking forward to seeing this journey continue in his role as leader of our team for CPL 2021.”

Additionally, Khan announced that Afghanistan wrist-spinner, Waqar Salamkheil, will not be joining the squad due to visa issues and the ongoing travel issues in his homeland.

The Warriors will not replace him and will stick to the 15-man squad for the tournament which ends on September 15.

Amazon Warriors play defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders on Thursday from 10:00h.

Guyana Amazon Warriors squad: Nicholas Pooran (Captain), Shoaib Malik, Imran Tahir, Shimron Hetmyer, Mohammad Hafeez, Brandon King, Naveen-ul-Haq, Romario Shepherd, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Odean Smith, Nial Smith, Gudakesh Motie, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmead Nedd.

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