“Hero maximum” takes on new meaning for Brandon King
During the annual Caribbean Premier League (CPL), commentators describe the sixes hit as “Hero maximums” in recognition of the title sponsor, Hero.
This year, the description will take on a new meaning, at least for Guyana Amazon Warriors opening batsman Brandon King. The 25-year-old Jamaican has committed to making cash donations to charities in his homeland and in Guyana where his franchise is based.
In a social media comment, King stated: “Over the past few months, I’ve had some time to really think about how I could make a positive impact on communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and also the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM). So, this year I will be sporting my Black SG stickers and along with my management team, GGSM, we will be donating US$100 for every six (6) I hit during this year’s CPL tournament.
In his debut season for the Amazon Warriors in 2019, King hit 32 sixes on his way to a tournament-high 496 runs from 12 innings which helped his franchise to finish second in the tournament. His exploits at the top of the order also yielded his maiden T20 century – a magnificent 132 not out against eventual champions Barbados Tridents.
King noted that the donations would be split between the Greater Trench Town Foundation in Jamaica and a charity in Guyana to be decided on later.
“As athletes, we have the platform to speak up and make effective change. I am encouraging my sponsors, other athletes, and friends to join in on donations by either supporting a #BLM initiative of their choice or by matching my donations towards these local charities. I’m hopeful and looking forward to getting back out on the field very soon,” the number 53 for the Amazon Warriors noted.
After his dream season in 2019 where he scored the most runs, the highest individual score, and hit the most sixes, King went on to play 12 international limited-overs matches for the West Indies including eight T20 Internationals in India and Sri Lanka. The elegant right hander is passionate about the step he has taken this season and once he gets the results he is looking for, the charities will also be richly blessed.
King ended his comment with a note of gratitude for the fans and encouragement for his team, “Thanks for your support and let’s go Amazon Warriors!”
The 2020 edition of the Hero CPL is being staged solely in Trinidad and Tobago without spectators in the grounds as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 24-day tournament bowls off on August 18 and ends on September 10. In 2019, the Guyana Amazon Warriors established a record for the longest unbeaten run in CPL history with 11 consecutive wins, but lost in the final to the Tridents. Their quest for a maiden title begins on August 18 at the Queen’s Park Oval against hosts Trinbago Knight Riders.