Guyana Amazon Warriors retain 11 players ahead of CPL 2021 draft; captain Chris Green released

Guyana Amazon Warriors retain 11 players ahead of CPL 2021 draft; captain Chris Green released

Chris Green's release came as a shocker as he experienced a brilliant ride in the previous edition both as a captain and bowler.

Guyana Amazon Warriors
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Ahead of the 2021 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), one of the most successful franchises, five-time champion Guyana Amazon Warriors has released their list of retained and released players. With their decision, the franchise has raised many eyebrows as they released some key players from their squad.

Guyana Amazon Warriors released as many as six players while retaining eleven from the previous edition. One of the biggest names to have been released is the skipper Chris Green. Other notable omissions are Ross Taylor, Keemo Paul, and Sherfane Rutherford.

Many were expecting the axing of Sherfane Rutherford and Ross Taylor from the team as both the players failed to live up to their reputation and succumbed to a torrid outing in the 2020 edition of the Caribbean Premier League. However, Chris Green came as a shocker as Green experienced a brilliant ride in the previous edition both as a captain and bowler.

Chris Green was one of the top bowlers for the Guyana Amazon Warriors as he picked a nine wickets from 11 matches at a stunning economy rate of 5.68. Further, under the leadership of Green, Guyana Amazon Warriors reached the semi-finals.

Guyana Amazon Warriors finished at the second spot in 2020

In the 2020 edition, Amazon Warriors finished at the second position on the points table with six wins from ten matches. They finished with 12 points under their belt. Warriors’ campaign in the 2020 edition came to an end after they lost to St Lucia Zouks by ten wickets in the semi-final at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad.

Keemo Paul was also a surprise exclusion as he was picked by the franchise in the 2017 edition and has emerged as a mainstay player for the team since then. In CPL 2021, Paul scalped nine wickets in nine games, with his best figures being 4/19.

Players retained and released by the Guyana Amazon Warriors before CPL draft

Players retained: Imran Tahir, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Romario Shepherd, Naveen Ul Haq, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmeade Nedd, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble.

Players released: Chris Green, Ross Taylor, Keemo Paul, Kissoondath Magram, Sherfane Rutherford, and Jasdeep Singh.