CPL 2017: War­riors fully geared up to out­per­form!

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Guyana ex­tends a warm wel­come to their home t eam, t he Guyana Ama­zon War­riors.

The Hero Car i bbean Pre­mier League 2017 brings to the Guyana Na­tional Stadium ex­cite­ment, thrilling per­for­mances and high ex­pectancy that the War­riors will out­shine their op­po­nents.

The mas­sive crowd will be look­ing for­ward to out­stand­ing per­for­mances by Ga­janand Singh, Martin Gup­til, Chad­wick Wal­ton, poss­si­ble Babar Azam, Keemo Paul, Ja­son Mo­haammed, along with Rashid Khan, Roshan Primus,rayad Em­rit, Veerasammy Per­maul and So­hail Tan­veer.

The War­riors are ex­pected to be dif­fi­cult to de­feat at Providence. The bowlers will be more ef­fec­tive on the pitch. All eyes will be on Rashid Khan, who should be able to get more turns and bounces on the wicket. As for the im­mac­u­late line and length of Steven Jacobs, he should be able to bowl four good early overs, while Per­maul could be a match win­ner on the pitch. Em­rit and Tan­veer must be very ef­fec­tive as the quicker bowlers and will re­ceive valu­able support from Primus. The War­riors will have to bowl smart and the field­ing must im­prove.

Their bat­ting will have to come good. The Providence wicket will be high-scor­ing and the se­nior bats­men must make runs.

Mean­while, the Guyana Un­der- 19 team whipped their friends in the Caribbean, win­ning the 2017 Re­gional three- day ti­tle. It was indeed a fan­tas­tic tour­na­ment and the young Guyanese went into their fi­nal match know­ing that they had to beat Ja­maica out­right to cap­ture the ti­tle. The bowl­ing of Ron­aldo Ali Mo­hamed and Ashmed Nedd was very im­pres­sive. Nedd, in par­tic­u­lar, looks like a fu­ture test player. The bat­ting of Richie Look­nauth and Ram­nar­ine Chat­u­ra­made and the other mid­dle or­der bats­man was very im­por­tant for the team to score enough runs for the bowlers to put pres­sure and win matches.

How­ever, t he young Guyanese team will be look­ing to win their fourth con­sec­u­tive Re­gional un­der-19 one-day ti­tle. The win­ning three- day cham­pi­ons will be fur­ther strength­ened with the ad­di­tion of West Indies Un­der-19 play­ers Bhaskar Yadram and Joshua Per­saud. Yadram is in good form with the bat and the ball, be­ing the most suc­cess­ful West Indies player in the just-con­cluded tour in South Africa and Zim­babwe.

All eyes will be on the Guyanese play­ers.

Also, the West Indies will be play­ing the strong English test team in Eng­land. How­ever, the Bar­ba­dian play­ers went to ‘town’ in their last prepa­ra­tion match against Derbyshire county side. The ‘Derby bowl­ing at­tack was ex­tremely weak and the Bar­ba­di­ans took valu­able bat­ting prac­tice.

The wicket and bowl­ing in Edg­bas­ton will be far more dif­fi­cult to han­dle and all eyes will be on the West Indies play­ers and their abil­ity to play for five days. This cur­rent West In­dian team’s per­for­mance (on tour) will de­ter­mine the faith of the West Indies Cricket Ad­min­is­tra­tors.

Again, we say down with in­su­lar­ity.

Let West Indies cricket re­gain its for­mer glory.

Choose play­ers based on per­for­mance and merit. Not na­tion­al­ity and favouritism.

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