Having been defeated at the hands of the Jamaica Tallawahs during Thursday night’s thrilling match up, many of the Guyana Amazon Warriors fans have been speculating whether that was the end for the Warriors in this year’s Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) tournament.
However, Warriors Operations Manager, Omar Khan, in a sit down with Inews, confirmed that the Warriors are still “in it to win it”. Khan posited that the Warriors can still make the playoffs since they have five (5) more matches to play.
He explained that out of the six teams in the tournament, four will advance to the playoffs and with the St. Lucia Stars being unable to qualify due to their litany of losses, Warriors can easily qualify as their matches are far from over.
Addressing the fans, especially those who turned out in massive numbers to the packed Providence Stadium on Thursday, Khan said “Let me thank you all for the tremendous support we got last night at the Guyana National Stadium, we still have five games, three more home games and two abroad games, …that will ensure that we qualify for the playoffs. Contrary to some of the reports that have been coming out, there is still every opportunity for the Guyana Amazon Warriors to represent our fans and the whole of Guyana coming to the playoffs of the CPL 2017.”
Noting the disappointment of the fans over the Warriors’ recent performance, Khan said smarter cricket by the team is needed and they have already made the commitment to address the areas that need tweaking. “At the end of the day it’s all about you applying yourselves to the situation and we did not apply ourselves well chasing down that target and we analysed it and we know where we went wrong. We are sorry to the fans but we are trying to get it right for tomorrow’s game which is another big game against Trinbago Knight Riders” he posited.
As the Warriors will be facing their arch rivals, the Trinbago Knight Riders on Saturday, Khan reiterated the need for the fans to turn out in support of their team. “I was hearing from Sohail Tanvir, he loves to play in Guyana, he feels different with the tremendous support, passion and the love that fans hold for their players and the team. So please come out and continue to support us,” Khan urged.
At the home leg, the Warriors will be facing off with the Trinbago Knight Riders on Saturday, the Barbados Tridents on Sunday and the St. Lucia Stars on Tuesday. They will then head to Barbados where they will play against the Tridents on August 29 and thence to Jamaica where the will play against the Tallawahs on September 1.
From its inception, in 2013, The Guyana Amazon Warriors have made it to the final and semi-finals of the yearly CPL tournament, earning the moniker as the most consistent team in the League. Should the Warriors make it to the playoffs this year, they will be looking to- break the ceiling of being in the runner up category and -win the trophy.