Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Head Coach Roger Harper has expressed his elation at having prolific Pakistani batsman Babar Azam in the squad as a replacement for injured Australian batsman Chris Lynn, for the upcoming Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament, which begins on August 4th.
In a CPL release on Thursday, Harper was quoted as saying, “We are hugely disappointed to lose the talent of Chris Lynn to shoulder injury. He was the leading scorer last year, and we were happy to have him back. However, we are extremely delighted in getting a world-class replacement in Babar Azam. He is one of the most exciting batsmen in the world, and we are sure that he will be a huge success for us at Hero CPL 2017.”
Babar was a vital part of the Pakistan team that won the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June 2017, scoring 46 in the win in the final against India. The Guyana Amazon Warriors will be hoping that Babar can help them to their maiden Hero CPL title, just as he helped Pakistan to their triumph at the Champions Trophy.
The other members of the Amazon Warriors squad are Martin Guptill, Rayad Emrit, Sohail Tanveer, Jason Mohammed, Chadwick Walton, Rashid Khan, Steven Taylor, Keon Joseph, Gajanand Singh, Roshon Primus, Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin, Steven Jacobs, Steven Katwaroo, Keemo Paul and Muhammad Ali Khan.
The Warriors got down to business on Wednesday with training sessions at the National Stadium, ahead of their first match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Florida on August 5.