CPL 2021: Nicholas Pooran named new captain of Guyana Amazon Warriors

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Hard-hitting wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran has been named the new captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors(GAW) for the upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League 2021. He will take over the captaincy duties from Chris Green who has been released ahead of this season.

Can Nicholas Pooran lead GAW to their first-ever CPL title?

The left-hander may have had a poor season with the Punjab Kings(PBKS) in the IPL 2021 but he is still one of the most dangerous players in this format of the game. He has featured 71 times in CPL scoring 1281 runs at an SR of 147 and has hit a solitary ton in the league.

Along with Pooran, the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Imran Tahir, Naveen Ul Haq, and 7 others have been retained by the Amazon Warriors for this season. The team also acquired the services of the experienced batsman Mohammad Hafeez for this season.

The Warriors stood in 2nd place in the points table last season but couldn’t reach the finals. They will a change in reigns will bring a change in fortunes as GAW have been runners-up for a record 5 times in CPL.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that Andre Russell was retained by the Jamaica Tallahwahs despite not being on good terms with each other. In another news, the former West Indies skipper Jason Hoder was retained by Barbados Tridents who surprisingly left out Rashid Khan.

There were some high-profile player transfers that place between the franchises, one of them is the trade of Dwayne Bravo from Trinbago Kight Riders to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots(SKNP). The TKR have retained their local stars such as Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, and Lendl Simmons among 9 others while getting the services of Denesh Ramdin from SKNP.

Guyana Amazon Warriors 

Retained Players: Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Imran Tahir, Brendon King, Naveen Ul Haq, Romario Shephard, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmead Nedd

Released Players: Ross Taylor, Keemo Paul, Chris Green, Kissoondath Magram, Sherfane Rutherford, and Jasdeep Singh

There have been 8 seasons of the CPL held so far with the TKR being the strongest team with as many as 4 titles and they are the defending champion. The 9th edition of the CPL will start on August 28th at Warner Park in St Kitts & Nevis.

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