Guyana Amazon Warriors Operations Manager Omar Khan in the presence Education Minister Nicolette Henry on Thursday inked an agreement for usage of the National Stadium at Providence for the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) . The agreement which was signed in the boardroom of the Ministry’s Main Street location also had the attendance of Permanent Secretary Melissa Tucker and Manager at the Stadium Anthony Xavier.
The signing is an annual occurrence since the inception of League in 2013. It caters for the Warriors being able to use to the facility to train and also for CPL to host matches in Guyana. Minister Henry told Guyana Times Sport that she welcomes the agreement since it will help the government build with the respective stakeholders.
“It signals progress in the negotiations and I’m happy to see that we are able to have four matches here in Guyana”, she stated. Henry added, “The Government, Ministry of Education, Department Youth Culture and Sport is pleased to have this opportunity to partner with CPL and all other stakeholders to make this a reality”.
Likewise, Khan contended that the agreement is important since it allows the squad to begin their necessary preparation. “It is a significant part of the process in terms of us getting ready for the hosting of our CPL games here in Guyana. Without the stadium agreement in place and having access the facility it would hamper our preparation since our camp starts on July 25”, Khan posited. He further elaborated, “I want to thank the Government of Guyana and the Honourable Minister for having the support and giving us the Stadium to use for it plays a great part in the success of the tournament”.
The Warriors will have four home matches from August 17 to 22nd.
On the 17th, they play the Jamaica Tallawahs; after which they play arch-rivals Trinbago Knight Riders two days later. The Warriors then clash with the Barbados Tridents on the 20th, and then have their final home match against the St Lucia Zouks on the 22nd. The fifth edition of the league will run from August 4 to September 9 with the Warriors’ opening their account against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on August 5 in Florida.