…Oil giant ecstatic to be on board as primary sponsor
The Guyana Amazon Warriors team was received with much pomp and splendor on Friday as primary sponsor, ExxonMobil, took on the job of welcoming the team home.
ExxonMobil is no stranger to the Hero Caribbean Premiere League (CPL), owing to the fact that the oil and gas giant has collaborated with the home franchise before. Nevertheless, the company is on board once again, taking up the position this time as primary sponsor.
At the event hosted in the lobby of the Guyana Marriott, ExxonMobil’s Country Manager for Guyana Rod Henson began his remarks with a clear expression of joy at being the primary sponsor for such a power packed team.
“ExxonMobil is very happy to sponsor and partner with the Guyana Amazon Warriors for CPL 2018, this is our second year actually supporting the team. Last year was fantastic and we look forward to greater things this year,” he stated.
The Country Manager went on to disclose that ExxonMobil jumped at the sponsorship opportunity not solely based on the Guyana Amazon Warrior’s excellent track record on the field but also for their habit of community service and interaction.
“One of the reasons that ExxonMobil was very happy to partner with the Amazon Warriors is that they have a long standing excellent tradition of corporate citizenship. You guys have done over the years many, many things in terms of mentoring young men and women and motivation speaking and visiting schools and that’s fantastic.”
Noting that he is anticipating the first game day, which is Thursday August 9, Henson spoke to the CPL’s tradition of coupling a jubilant party atmosphere with cricket.
“There’s going to be music, food and excitement and we have a really solid team, I’ve already been talking to the team about our chances and I think it’s going to be a fantastic year,” Henson stated.
Aside from the oil and Gas Company, The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) has also thrown their support behind the home team. President of the organization Zulfikar Ali, noted that the Guyana Amazon Warriors is well put together and as such he has placed his confidence in the team.
“I’m an avid cricket fan and I love this team we have here. It’s a very exciting team. I’ve done a lot of homework on you guys and I know you’ll lift the title this year,” Ali said.
In expressing his gratitude to the corporate sponsors, Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors Omar Khan highlighted the importance of having support outside of the franchise owners.
Khan explored all the aspects that cricket has taken on over the years, noting that the support is needed and greatly appreciated.
“A lot of us feel like cricket is just going out on the field and play, but the cricketing world has transformed. As an industry we need to set up systems where we could sustain our level of participation and being ambassadors of our country. In order for us to do that we need corporate sponsors to come on board,” the Operations Manager disclosed.
He then went on to highlight ExxonMobil’s contributions to the team, noting that they are entirely grateful, stating, “Last year we started our relationship with ExxonMobil and we’re very happy that they’ve come on board, they’ve supported us fully and they’ve been a great help to us the Guyana amazon warriors franchise.”
The Guyana Amazon Warriors are 5 days away from opening their Hero CPL 2018 campaign against last year’s runner ups the St. Kitts And Nevis Patriots at the Providence National Stadium.
They will later play the St. Lucia Stars on August 11 and the Barbados Tridents on August 12.
After touring the Caribbean and Florida the team will return to the Providence Stadium to face off with the Jamaica Tallwahs on September 8 and the Trinbago Knight Riders on September 9.
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Shoaib Malik (captain), Sohail Tanvir, Chadwick Walton, Chris Green, Rayad Emrit, Imran Tahir, Jason Mohammed, Luke Ronchi, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshan Primus, Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Gajanand Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Saurabh Netravalkar and Akshaya Persaud.