The Guyana Amazon Warriors team are to the Caribbean Premier League what Royal Challengers Bangalore are to the Indian Premier League- a team that can make it to the CPL final but can’t get over the hump.
Playing in the Caribbean Premier League, the Guyana Amazon Warriors team have never won the tournament despite making the final four out of the six times. Under the leadership of Ramnaresh Sarwan, the first even Guyana Amazon Warriors CPL squad made it all the way to the final. But it was not just Sarwan who played his part as that Guyana Amazon Warriors squad was destined for greatness with the likes of Tillakaratne Dilshan, James Franklin, and Lasith Malinga joining Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin. That was not the only Guyana Amazon Warriors team that set the stage alight with their performances as the Guyana Amazon Warriors squads that followed lived up to the mark - making it to the playoffs, apart from 2015 and 2017. The current squad is more than capable of breaking the jinx and hold the trophy aloft to end Trinbago Knight Riders and Jamaica Tallawahs’ hegemony.
In the truest sense, the upcoming season of the CPL also stokes positivity of the highest order as Shoaib Malik has an exciting Guyana Amazon Warriors squad at his disposal. The likes of Nicholas Pooran and Sherfane Rutherford have been quite popular names around the T20 circuit and Guyana quick Romario Shepherd’s heroics against the Knight Riders last year is still fresh in the memory as he ran through their batting line-up, famously castling Darren Bravo, beating him for pace.
Taking over the captaincy from South Africa-born Australian all-rounder Chris Green, Malik will try to use all the experience that he has accumulated to transform the team from a well-prepared student whose mind goes blank after seeing the question paper into a shrewd student who actually aces the exam. One of the most positive things that Malik has is the immaculate judgement of situations and not pressing the panic button way too soon, and that may come as the biggest solace when the Guyana Amazon Warriors team face the biggest test in the final, lest they qualify for it.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors team has also shared a historic rivalry with their Jamaica Tallawahs counterparts and it was back in 2013 when Chris Gayle’s heroics ended the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad’s hopes of winning the championship. With Jamaica shifting their entire home base to the Sabina Park after parking at Florida’s Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium for half of their home matches, it will also resume a historic rivalry in all Caribbean flavour.
However, that is not the only inspiration for the Guyana Amazon Warriors team ahead of the tournament’s inception as the tag of chokers in the finals is something that they would want to be struck out against their name. It has been like winning fifty silvers, 100 bronze, but the lack of a gold medal in the kitty means you are behind the country that has only one Gold and nothing else to show. A Guyana Amazon Warriors CPL title would be not just a welcome sight for the team but also for the rest of the league. Is there any bigger motivation in sport to get rid of a negative tag to replace it with a winner’s medal? Ask the world champions, England, they will tell you.
Apart from the obvious and most important thing in the Caribbean Premier League for the Guyana Amazon Warriors CPL squad, the title, the presence of exciting young prospects of the Island is another factor that would propel Shoaib Malik to get his squad worked up and guide to what has been an elusive title.
Shoaib Malik (c), Ben Laughlin, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Chris Green, Shadab Khan, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Sherfane Rutherford, Imran Tahir, Veerasammy Permaul, Saurabh Netravalkar, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble, Keagan Simmons, Clinton Pestano
Shoaib Malik (c), Ben Laughlin, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Chris Green, Shadab Khan, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Sherfane Rutherford
If you have some of the finest young talents of the Caribbean shore and have a blend of smart overseas cricketers, you ought to start as favourites and there is no doubt why the Guyana Amazon Warriors team is so hyped in the league every time a season starts. Most importantly, the local talent can make a difference thanks to the power-hitters that the team possesses in their arsenal apart from some tearaway quicks - cue Romario Shepherd and Clinton Pestano.
With Trinbago Knight Riders ruling the roost in the Caribbean Premier League, Guyana would have felt hard done, and they may challenge the throne big-time this time. So don’t be surprised, if they fly under the radar, and pull off the eventual aim. There is also a reason that only one team that's dipped into the player pool and acquired the flavour of the season, cracked the balance code or simply riding a wave of momentum, simply because they didn’t bug down under relentless business pressure. Can it be the case this time too? Well, betting against it just doesn’t feel right.
Guyana Amazon Warriors have as many as 13 international cricketers at their disposal, with each bringing in something or other to the table. Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, and Sherfane Rutherford are the leading names in franchise cricket and once they fire in unison, the Guyana-based team can breathe easy. Add bowlers like Romario Shepherd and Ben Laughlin - being two completely contrasting bowlers - to that, it will bring much-needed clarity to the formation, making the core of the squad that also has Malik to steer the ship.
In the 2018 Under-19 World Cup, Keagan Simmons scored a massive 319 runs at an average of almost 80. That has put a lot of hope on him by the Guyana Amazon Warriors team but it is worth noting that Simmons has very limited experience of playing in West Indies. Sure enough, he is an exciting talent but building the team around him doesn’t seem like a good proposition.
With the presence of Shadab Khan and Keemo Paul, Windies have managed to fill one of their biggest letdowns of the past and can genuinely expect to do well in the Caribbean Premier League. That can certainly be a blessing for the four-time finalists as their spinning department didn’t have a quality leg-spinner and with the addition of Paul, they have an express pace bowler for all occasions.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors team will start their campaign against St Lucia Zouks at the Providence Stadium in Guyana, a venue which will host a total of five matches this season. The good thing for the team is they are slated to play their first three matches at the home venue before taking on St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the Warner Park in St Kitts on September 14. The scheduling should help them as a good start is often an important factor in a T20 tournament like the Caribbean Premier League as it takes away the pressure and initial jitters of a major competition.
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