Guyana Amazon Warriors faced a shameful loss last season in the second semi final against St Lucia Zouks. They succumbed to a terrific bowling performance by St Lucia Zouks and managed to score a bare 55 runs in 13 overs. But as they say, champions rise from the ashes. This is what Guyana would be looking forward to. Putting their demons behind, they went into the auction of this year’s draft of CPL with a lot of hope.
The most unlucky team in the past, starts the 2021 draft with a new hope. Reaching their 6th final and overcoming their demons will be the aim. To make it happen, they have roped in some experience and some young guns. The talking point ahead of their signings would be the decision to release their CPL 2020 captain, Chris Green. He performed well enough to be retained atleast. Chris took 9 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 23.67. Some flaws in the captaincy might be the reason for releasing the Aussie spinner.
Guyana needs to appoint a new captain for 2021 draft. They have roped in Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez, cosidering their experience and stability. Guyana can go for either of them if they want experience to lead their unit. But, if they need a Caribbean player leading from the front, they have Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran. Hetmyer led the U-19 team of West Indies to victory in U-19 CWC, 2016.
GAW have also brought in the Afghan wrist-spinner Waqar Salamkheil. Guyana retained 11 payers from the previous edition and hence, did not have enough vacant slots to shake hands with new faces for the upcoming CPL.
What to Expect
Guyana Amazon Warriors will be heading into the Caribbean Premier League, 2021 with a lot of big names. They have a settled batting unit comprising of anchors, strikers, experience and sloggers. Brandon King, Mohammed Hafeez at the top. Shoaib Malik as the anchor, Shimron Hetmyer to take care of the middle overs. Hetmyer and Pooran are both amazing players of spin. They can combat spin in the middle overs and can go bonkers at death. Hetmyer and Pooran scored 267 and 245 runs each respectively in the last edition.
The leg spin duo of Imran Tahir and newly signed Waqar Salamkheil can create a lot of pressure on the batsmen in the middle overs. Imran Tahir, the veteran South African, is always at top of his game. He scalped 15 wickets last season at an average of 15.93
Guyana still have to take a look at their pace battery. They do not have any big names in that department. It is a difficult call to take of who plays and who does not. If they cure their pace problems, they’ll be top contenders for the upcoming season.
Let’s take a look at Guyana Amazon Warrior’s squad for this year:
Nicholas Pooran, Shoaib Malik, Imran Tahir, Shimron Hetmyer, Mohammad Hafeez, Brandon King, Naveen ul Haq, Romario Shepherd, Waqar Salamkheil, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Odean Smith, Niall Smith, Gudakesh Motie, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmead Nedd.