Santokie Ready For CPL

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Guyana Times
Saeed Mohamed

Jamaican Krishmar Santokie played a key role in the Guyana Amazon Warriors outfit in the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League where he was the leading wicket taker and named Man-of-the-Series after finishing with 16 wickets from his nine games.

From that tournament, he emerged as one of the most exciting bowlers in the region in the game’s shortest form and was at the forefront of the West Indies attack at the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year. He subsequently turned out for Mumbai Indians in the lucrative Indian Premier League and also represented West Indies in the just concluded T20 series against New Zealand.

Building on the fear factor he managed to create last year, Santokie has warned opponents he will continue to deliver the menacing spells that destroyed the confidence and mental composure of some of the best T20 batsmen in last year’s tournament.

Last year is a different year from this year. I am just off a T20 international series and I am pretty much in good shape. I just want to focus on areas, as you know batsmen are trying to make things more difficult and if you watch over the world T20 cricket is getting harder and harder for bowlers. So I feel it’s just a mind game so I have to be observant in order to be on top of my game,” Santokie revealed.

Questioned on the make-up of the Warriors unit, the Jamaican indicted that the squad is balanced and capable of creating major upsets.

The squad is good, it’s an all-round and balanced, it’s a squad capable of winning, it’s just for us to get the right balance on match day,” Santokie said.

Santokie is among ten retained players named in the Warriors line-up for this edition of the tournament. The others are: Pakistan’s all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, New Zealander Martin Guptill, Trinidadians off-spinner Sunil Narine, opening batsman Lendl Simmons and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, and Guyanese Christopher Barnwell, Steven Jacobs, Veerasammy Permaul and Trevon Griffith.

The newcomers this year are Guyanese Leon Johnson, Ronsford Beaton and Robin Bacchus, Trinidad and Tobago fast-bowling all-rounder, Navin Stewart and New Zealander all-rounder James Neesham.

The Warriors departed Guyana on Tuesday for Grenada for their first of nine preliminary games in the second edition of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament against Antigua Hawksbills on Friday.