Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) is now the signature sponsor of the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the fifth edition of the gala Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). This was disclosed by GTT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd on Tuesday June 20, 2017 while speaking at a festive ceremony held at the Presidential Suite of the National Stadium, Providence.
“Our sponsorship of the Amazon Warriors is an expression of GTT’s understanding of the Guyanese heart and passion for sport, especially cricket,” the CEO stated. “GTT and the Guyana Amazon Warriors will blaze the stands and the grass mound on match days in full party mode. We want everyone to embrace what it means to be an Amazon Warrior,” Nedd added.
In a Carnival-like atmosphere much like what CPL has become famous for, Amazon Warriors Marketing and Media Officer and Assistant Operations Manager, John Ramsingh revealed that the partnership with GTT, whose slogan is to “Do More” would provide more hype to the already exciting cricket tournament. “Our partnership with GTT is aimed at providing more information, more hype, more opportunities to get a chance to see these matches live, and even a chance to interact in person with the International, regional and your own local players.”
Guyana’s Director of Sport, Christopher Jones was enthused about the proceedings since it exemplifies his contention that “government and government alone cannot undertake the development of sport since corporate support is needed."
Jones congratulated GTT on the venture assuring that there is willingness to lend whatever support is needed to make the Amazon Warriors successful. The Guyanese telecommunications company also unveiled, the “Amazon Warriors Song,” which is a collaboration between two local music stars, Calvin Burnett and Drew Thoven.
The fifth edition of the Hero CPL will run from August 4 to September 9 and the Warriors will have four home games during the period of August 17 to 22 at the Providence stadium. The Warriors have been one of the most consistent teams in the league reaching three of the four finals to date.
The Guyana-based franchise have welcomed six newcomers in their squad with Afghanistan leg-spinning sensation Rashid Khan heading the list that includes destructive Jamaican wicket-keeper/batsman Chadwick Walton who played for Jamaica Tallawahs in the last four seasons, big-hitting ICC Americas and Jamaica Scorpions List A opener Steven Taylor, Barbados born Trinidad and Tobago Red Force all-rounder Roshon Primus and the Guyanese pair, batsman Gajanand Singh and fast bowler Keon Joseph.
The retained players are Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, Australian top-order batsman Chris Lynn, Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Rayad Emrit, Trinidad and Tobago batsman Jason Mohammed, Guyanese trio Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin and Steven Jacobs and Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper/batsman Steven Katwaroo.
The finals week of the tournament will take place at the new Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago from September 5 to 9.