Most of the Guyana Amazon Warriors team members began their preparation for the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Monday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence under the watchful eyes of Head coach Roger Harper and Assistant Coach Esuan Crandon.
The team conducted physical conditioning sessions under the guidance of Strength and Conditioning Trainer Clinton Jeremiah and Physiotherapist Jason Pilgrim, as they got down to business in their pursuit of a maiden title.
Regional players, Rayad Emrit, Orlando Peters, Steven Katwaroo and Jason Mohammed, along ICC Americas player Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan were present alongside the local players for the first session of the week long pre-tournament camp.
International stars Martin Guptill and Adam Zampa are the only two players who are missing from the camp due to pre-tournament commitments. Also, the unavailability of the Australian leg-spinner Zampa, is due to his commitments for country in the ongoing Ballr Cup Tri-Nation Series involving the West Indies and South Africa; the series is slated to finish on June 26 in Barbados.
West Indies Under-19 players Keemo Paul, Tevin Imlach along with Akshaya Persaud and Romain Muniram are also taking part in the sessions in keeping with the Warriors’ developmental programme; the camp is expected to conclude on June 25.
On Wednesday and Thursday the Warriors are expected to engage in match simulations drills under the artificial lights, while on Friday and Saturday they will play practice matches against a local select side.
The Warriors will be in search of their first title win this year after coming up short in two finals, one against the Jamaica Tallawahs in the inaugural tournament and then against the Barbados Tridents the year after.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors will begin their campaign on the road when they play the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Warner Park on June 30.
There are four home matches beginning on July 7 with a clash against the Jamaica Tallawahs at 19:00 Hrs then the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots on July 9 from midday.
The highly anticipated match against defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders will occur on July 10 also from 19:00 Hrs while the final home match is against the St. Lucia Zouks on July 12 from 19:00 Hrs.
Guyana Amazon Warriors Squad: Martin Guptill (Captain) Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Smith, Chris Lynn, Rayad Emrit, Adam Zampa, Jason Mohammed, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Orlando Peters, Assad Fudadin, Anthony Bramble, Paul Wintz, Steven Jacobs, Steven Katwaroo, Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan , Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo
INews photographer, Carl Croker, captured the following scenes of the of the players preparing for battle.