CPL Call-up Delights Hetmyer

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Seventeen-year-old Shimron Hetmyer has expressed delight to be part of the Guyana Amazon Warriors preparatory camp, for the second edition of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League, beginning July 11.

The former Berbice High School student, who has been a steady performer over the years, is among six Under-19 players, who will be part of the preparatory camp, starting July 1.

The Under-19 players will be involved in all training sessions and other team activities during the Guyana Amazon Warriors camp and match practice scheduled for their home games only. However, the players will not be part of the selection process on match days.

This year, each franchise team consists of a squad of 19 players, comprising two  pre-selected players - one West Indies Franchise Player (WIFP) and one International Franchise Player (IFP) - selected by the franchise, as well as four Under-19 players from each playing franchise.

However, as an initiative geared toward the development of young cricketers, the management of the Guyana Amazon Warriors has widened the pool of Under-19 players to six.

Hetmyer joins talented Everest Cricket Club fast bowler Kevin Paul, West Indies Under-19 opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Demerara Cricket Club left-arm fast bowler Daniel Basdeo, Essequibo all-rounder Kemo Paul and 16-year-old West Coast Demerara batsman Akshaya Persaud.

I was a bit surprised not to be among the first four players selected first up. Nevertheless, I’m happy to be part of the camp,” Hetmyer told Guyana Times Sport on Saturday from his home in Canje.

He added, “I am looking forward to the training under head coach Roger Harper and team mentor Curtly Ambrose. Also, I am looking forward to mix with big guys in the squad.

This will definitely be another learning experience for me and I want to use the opportunity to develop my game. It’s a big step in my career so I am looking forward to it.

The Warriors have retained Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, New Zealander Martin Guptill, Trinidadians off-spinner Sunil Narine, opening batsman Lendl Simmons and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, Jamaican Krishmar Santokie and Guyanese Christopher Barnwell, Steven Jacobs, Veerasammy Permaul and Trevon Griffith from last year’s edition.

The newcomers are Guyanese Leon Johnson, Ronsford Beaton, Robin Bacchus and Trinidad and Tobago fast-bowling all-rounder, Navin Stewart.

New Zealander Corey Anderson has been named as the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ International Franchise Player. The Limacol CPL II will take place from July 11 to August 16 with Guyana hosting three of the 30 matches to be played.

The Jamaica Tallawahs won the inaugural tournament when they defeated the Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets in the final in Trinidad and Tobago on August 24.

They will defend their title against the St Lucia Zouks, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Antigua Hawksbills, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents.