Guyana Amazon Warriors have named Rayad Emrit as captain in place of New Zealander Martin Guptill for the remainder of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign, with in-form Australian batsman Chris Lynn stepping up to assume the vice captaincy.
The experienced Emrit, 35, has played in 36 Hero CPL games since 2013, having also previously featured for Barbados Tridents, and has been a key performer in Guyana Amazon Warrior’s ascent up the league table with nine wickets to date in seven matches to date this season. Capped twice for the West Indies at One-Day International level, the right-arm medium-fast bowler has displayed strong leadership skills this season.
Emrit said: “I am delighted and extremely honoured to be given this opportunity to lead the Guyana Amazon Warriors team for the rest of the tournament. Martin did a fantastic job and I just want to continue in that vein by leading the team to more victories and consolidating our position on top of the table. I want to thank the franchise owner and management for having the faith in me to lead such a great group of players and our aim is to go all the way.”
Chris Lynn, meanwhile, has been in devastating form with the bat for the Amazon Warriors and has so far scored 246 runs in seven innings at an average of 49.2, and an impressive strike rate of 130.2. The 26-year-old Australian international captained the Brisbane Heat in last year’s Big Bash and was selected as the Player of the Tournament having finished the competition as the tournament’s leading run-scorer and six-hitter.
Guyana Amazon Warriors will next face St. Lucia Zouks in the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium on Sunday, 24 July (5pm).
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GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS: Sohail Tanvir, Nic Maddinson, Dwayne Smith, Chris Lynn (vice captain), Rayad Emrit (captain), Adam Zampa, Devendra Bishoo, Jason Mohammed, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Orlando Peters, Assad Fudadin, Anthony Bramble, Paul Wintz, Steven Jacobs, Steven Katwaroo, Ali Khan, Shimron Hetmyer