CPL 2019: Oil giant ExxonMobil fuels Guyana Amazon Warriors


For the second year running, the international oil and gas mega-company ExxonMobil is fuelling the Guyana Amazon Warriors’(GAW) team as they strive to capture the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Trophy.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors will begin their 2019 campaign on Thursday evening when they take on the St Lucia Zouks. The local team’s lone focus will be to win matches, with the support of ExxonMobil for the second year running.

The media launch to reiterate the partnership between the GAW team and that corporate entity was hosted on Monday in the Marriott Hotel lobby, where members of the team were formally introduced to the media.

Team Manager Omar Khan then embraced the opportunity to formally express gratitude to ExxonMobil, and promised that the Warriors would again make them proud. “Without sponsorship, and without the support from sponsors (like ExxonMobil), we would not be able to look so well dressed; and more importantly, we would not be able to go out on the field and perform well. So we thank ExxonMobil once again for their tremendous support, and we hope this relationship continues to build, to make the GAW, Guyana and ExxonMobil proud,” Khan stated.

Meanwhile, NEW GPC Company Secretary Zulfikar Ali, speaking on the team owner’s behalf, stressed that the 2019 squad has been carefully composed, and disclosed that the franchise owners are very confident that the GAW can ‘win it all’ this time around.

“We’re very confident that the team we’ve put together will do well again this year. Hopefully, we’ll bring the title home. I think for every Guyanese that is our dream for the past six tournaments that we had, but I think this year that the boys will do us proud,” Ali shared.

The vibes at the National Stadium at Providence this weekend will be at an all-time high, because persons from all walks of life will come together to celebrate the local franchise. The ExxonMobil Country Manager highlighted this fact while sharing his hopes of the Warriors again making it to the finale.

“Guyana loves cricket, and this is something that we all come together for. Get behind the Amazon Warriors and root for this team! I remember last year, at playoffs against Trinidad — a very close match — it came down to the wire. It was really great to be part of that. So I thank the team; and we look forward for that (same action) and to make the final again,” Henson explained.

The Warriors will begin their campaign on Thursday, but will also be in action on Saturday and Sunday, against the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots and the Barbados Tridents respectively. The Guyana Amazon Warriors team comprises: Shoaib Malik (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Veerasammy Permaul, Anthony Bramble, Romario Shepherd, Clinton Pestano, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Green, Shadab Khan, Ben Laughlin, Odean Smith, Keegan Simmons, Brandon King, James Seward, Romain Muniram, Coach Johan Botha, Assistant Coach Rayon Griffith, Jason Pilgrim (team doctor) and Clinton Jeremiah. (Jemima Holmes)