The five times finalist Guyana Amazon Warriors is retaining its stars for the 2020 CPL season scheduled to take place this August.

The franchise will be fielding its stars Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, and Brandon King among other players.

“The Guyana Amazon Warriors Franchise has and will always be committed to the continued development of our local and regional players,” said Omar Khan, Guyana Amazon Warriors Team Operations Manager.

He added that “from the inception of the CPL, we included young Guyanese players in our squad as part of the franchise’s mandate to provide opportunities to young aspiring Guyanese cricketers to assist in their overall development as professional cricketers.”

Moreover, he said, “Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford have all benefitted from these opportunities prior to them becoming full-fledged members of our team.”

He expressed his glee in retaining his galaxy of star players as well as some bright new prospects.

“We are extremely delighted that we were able to retain the majority of our local and regional players, including Nicholas Pooran and Brandon King, both of whom have been hailed by the cricket pundits as potential future stars of West Indies cricket and who were members of our team last year. The Guyana Amazon Warriors wish all of the retained players great success in the CPL 2020.”

The retention of other players includes Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Odean Smith, and Anthony Bramble, as well as emerging player Kevin Sinclair.

The drafting of international players is set for a later date.

The CPL is scheduled to take place between August 19 and September 26, but the tournament organizers are currently watching the current situation with COVID-19 closely and are liaising with medical advisors and governments.

A decision on whether the tournament can proceed as planned, or at a different time, will be announced soon.

Nigel Bell, Sports Reporter

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