Guyanese to be appointed Amazon Warriors captain


By Akeem Greene

For the second time in the history of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), a Guyanese player will be appointed captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Head Coach Rayon Griffith, in an exclusive interview with News Room Sport, revealed a Guyanese player will lead the team in the 10th season of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which bowls off on August 31 at Warner Park, St. Kitts.

“I can tell you surely, it will be a Guyanese because we really want to focus more on the local boys, so, it is time for them to run Guyana’s cricket,” Griffith stated when questioned on who will be captain this season.

Shimron Hetmyer could be the man entrusted with the responsibilities to lead the Guyana Amazon Warriors this season (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

However, Griffith opted not to definitively say which player will be named captain, noting that will officially be done sometime soon by the Warriors’ management.

The 2016 Under-19 World Cup-winning duo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul, would certainly be front-runners to occupy such leadership positions in the team.

At that World Cup, Hetmyer was captain and Paul was vice-captain, and Paul is now the appointed vice-captain for the Guyana Harpy Eagles.

Since Ramnaresh Sarwan led the Warriors in the inaugural season of the CPL in 2013, overseas players Denesh Ramdin, Martin Guptill, Rayad Emrit, Shoaib Malik, Chris Green, and Nicholas Pooran have captained the franchise.

This year, CPL will also be played in St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.

For the next three years, Guyana will host the entire finals week.

The five-time finalists play their first match on September 3 at Warner Park against Jamaica Tallawahs from 10:00h.

Prior to the CPL, the Warriors will play in a new 60-ball tournament called the 6IXTY from August 24-28 in St. Kitts.

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