Five-time runner-ups Guyana Amazon Warriors have been one of the most consistent sides in the Caribbean Premier League, but the trophy has eluded them so far.
Also, they are the only team other than Trinbago Knight Riders to have reached the play-offs every single season. Starting the season with Trinbago Knight Riders in the first game of the season, the Warriors will look to finally break the jinx and lift their maiden title.
With Shoaib Malik and Shadab Khan from last season set to miss the season, Guyana’s new signing Ross Taylor comes in as the perfect pick.
Moreover, the Afghan wrist spinner Qais Ahmed will also be unavailable due to visa issues and Kissoondath Magram has been named as the replacement.
Despite reaching the play-offs every season and the finals in five out of seven seasons, Guyana have been unlucky not to win the trophy till date. Barring 2015 and 2017, Guyana have finished as the runner-ups every other season.
Guyana Amazon Warriors Squad for CPL 2020:
Imran Tahir, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble, Ross Taylor, Kevin Sinclair, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ashmead Nedd, Jasdeep Singh (ICC Americas pick), Kissoondath Magram
Guyana Amazon Warriors Team Analysis:
Guyana Amazon Warriors boast of one of the strongest and most promising batting lineups in the tournament. The lineup comprises of players who are set to be West Indies’ next set of limited overs stars.
Brandon King, the highest run-getter in 2019 along with Chanderpaul Hemraj, seventh-highest run-getter last season, open the batting. The hugely promising Shimron Hetmyer should hold the number three slot. Having already proven himself in ODIs, Hetmyer will want to stamp his authority as a T20 batsman as well.
The middle order will play around the experienced Ross Taylor, who can also be used as a floater. Nicholas Pooran, one of the most exciting middle order batsmen in world cricket at the moment bats at 5.
Sherfane Rutherford and Keemo paul at 6 and 7 will be tasked with the finishing duties. The overseas spinner Chris Green is also a handy batsman at 8.
The spin department will be led by Imran Tahir, the second highest wicket-taker last year, and Chris Green.
With Shadab and Malik missing and Qais being unavailable, the spin attack will definitely face a setback, but with Tahir, Green and the U-19 star Ashmead Nedd, spin bowling lies in safe hands. Kevin Sinclair also comes in as a good backup.
Pace bowling is an area the Warriors might be little concerned about. Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd and Naveen-ul-Haq will be the first choice pacers,with Rutherford assisting with his slower ones. With no big names in the pace department, these 4 have to step up. The lack of quality backups also adds up to the issue.
Probable Playing XI:
Brandon King, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Ross Taylor, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Chris Green, Romario Shepherd, Imran Tahir
Expected Finish in CPL 2020:
Anything less than a top 4 finish will be a disappointment. They have one of the best first choice XI in the tournament and have a very good chance of breaking the jinx and lifting their maiden title.