CPL 2023: Afghan opener Hazratullah Zazai joins Guyana Amazon Warriors


Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai has joined the Guyana Amazon Warriors, replacing Pakistani Muhammad Haris. Initially, Haris was covering for another Afghan opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz, but Haris now has international commitments.

Gurbaz has to prepare for the upcoming Asia Cup, which is from August 30 to September 17, co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The 11th edition of the Caribbean Premier League runs from August 16 to September 24.

According to Amazon Warriors’ Manager Leon Johnson, four players- Zazai, captain Imran Tahir, Pakistan batter Saim Ayub and all-rounder Odean Smith- will arrive in St. Lucia by Thursday evening to link up with the remainder of the squad.

The 25-year-old Zazai has played in 101 Twenty20 matches and has a strike rate of 140.54 with a highest score of 162*.

Amazon Warriors play their first match on August 19 against St. Lucia Kings at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground from 19:00h. They have been encamped in St. Lucia since August 12.

Guyana Amazon Warriors squad: Imran Tahir (Captain), Romario Shepherd (Vice-captain), Shimron Hetmyer, Odean Smith, Hazratullah Zazai, Azam Khan, Shai Hope, Gudakesh Motie, Dwaine Pretorius, Kevin Sinclair, Keemo Paul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Ronsford Beaton, Kevlon Anderson, Matthew Nandu, Junior Sinclair, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Saim Ayub.

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