Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik will lead local franchise; Guyana Amazon Warriors in their 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League campaign which bowls off from August 9.
With the tournament just weeks away, the announcement was made on Thursday by Warriors Operations Manager, Omar Khan.
Tickets for the first three home games at Providence went on sale officially on Thursday and Khan following the press conference at the Warriors ticketing head office at Camp and Quamina Streets, confirmed the Pakistani will skipper the Warriors this season.
Khan further confirmed that the team will be commencing their pre-tournament encampment in a few weeks, adding that following the end of camp the team will have one final session prior to their first game which starts on the August 9.
Malik, who is just three runs short of 7,000 international ODI runs, is rated among the best limited over players in the world currently with more almost 10,000 T20 runs in total; under his belt.
The Warriors Operations Manager said the in-form 36-year-old was ideal for the position, given his statistics and him having captained his country as well as other franchises in the past.
The players will assemble in a few weeks as they get their title hunt campaign on the road as they prepare for their opening encounter against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
The first three home matches are scheduled to be played at the Providence Stadium as follows:
Thursday, August 9 – Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts Patriots at 18:00h (6:00pm)
Saturday, August 11 – Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Stars at 16:00h (4:00pm)
Sunday, August 12 – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents at 18:00h (6:00pm)
It is no secret that the “Biggest Party in Sport” will attract a large crowd and as such, cricket fans are being urged to purchase their tickets as early as possible in order to avoid the last-minute rush as the time winds down to match days.
Tickets for the 2018 Hero CPL cost:
RED AND GREEN STANDS – G$5000
ORANGE STAND – G$3000
GRASS MOUND – G$2500
Additionally, Guyana Amazon Warriors merchandises are also up for sale, with a new line expected to be on sale from next week.
Patrons are also advised that tickets for the other games on September 8 and 9 and the playoff matches are not yet available and those ticket sales will be announced in due time.