The Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Best Overseas Players
The Warriors have had a lot of really good international players to help their local talent along the way. From Pakistan to New Zealand and Australia and South Africa, Guyana have recruited from all parts of the world.
It takes a lot for a bowler to succeed in a T20 format usually dominated by the batsmen. Pakistan left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir has managed to do that, using clever changes of pace, line and length to flummox batsmen time and time again. He arguably should have played more for Pakistan than he did.
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is right up there among the leading run-scorers in the history of the Caribbean Premier League and the Guyana Amazon Warriors. A really good opening batsman who employs calculated hitting with brute force, he has been a hot asset for the Warriors. Guptill’s fellow Kiwi, Colin de Grandhomme, has also been in the CPL. Their exploits have been as good, if not better, than local talents Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford. Of the three, Hetmyer is arguably the most promising and might be a World Cup star of the future for the West Indies.
Chris Lynn goes by the actions of ‘Lynnsanity’, striking the ball to all corners. His career in the Australian ODI and T20I teams hasn’t really gained the momentum many expected, but he is a hit for several T20 franchises around the world, including the Warriors. Lynn’s fellow Australian Fawad Ahmed has also represented Guyana against the Zouks and more CPL teams. Ben Laughlin from Australia has been there, too.
Shoaib Malik has captained Pakistan and has also led the Amazon Warriors. A solid middle-order batsman, who is capable of bowling some cheeky spin as well, he could be classed as an all-rounder in the T20 format. While his international career is in its twilight, he is still going strong elsewhere. Malik has also led by example for fellow Pakistani Shadab Khan in the CPL.
Imran Tahir is over 40 years old now, but still plying his trade across the world as a key player. He has retired from ODI cricket and has represented several franchises over the years. The Guyana Amazon Warriors are among his many teams. His leg-spin art has been really good to them. He will also be in action for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2020.
Luke Ronchi has played international cricket for Australia and New Zealand. He has also played in a few domestic T20 leagues around the world, making a particular name for himself with the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL. His powerful hitting at the top of the order has been most notable.