CPL 2022: “Excited about opportunity”, Matthew Nandu After Picked him from Guyana Amazon Warriors

Following the completion of the 2022 Caribbean Premier League draft the teams for this year’s tournament have been confirmed.

The biggest move of the draft saw Shai Hope sign for the Guyana Amazon Warriors where he will join Ronsford Beaton and Veerasammy Permaul.

Meanwhile, Under-23 left-handed opener batsman Mathew Nandu was picked for the Guyana Warriors team in this year’s Caribbean Premier League and He has expressed his gratitude for the opportunity.

“I feel honoured and excited to be a part of the Guyana Amazon Warriors. I’m grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to making use of it.” he said to News Room Sports.

The 19-year-old Mathew Nandu represented West Indies in the ICC Men’s Under-19 50-over World Cup earlier this year.

There he managed to score 152 runs in 7 matches with a century. and he was a One of only three Caribbean players to score a century in the tournament.

Also, He said that his aim is to represent the West Indies national team.

“It’s a huge step towards achieving my aspirations (of playing international cricket). Being able to rub shoulders and train with some of the greats, is a great learning opportunity to ask questions, and learn as much as possible.” he said

“I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the team, and re-uniting with some of my teammates from the World Cup.” 

19-year-old opener said he is ready to play his part on or off the field in helping the Warriors win the title this time.

“My message to the fans, is that we’ll go out there and give it our all. I know the competition is going to be a good one, but I know that we will work together as a unit to achieve our ultimate goal.” he added

The Warriors have played in a record five CPL finals since the inception of the League in 2013, finishing second-best on every occasion.

Warriors have added Imran Tahir, the leading bowler for the franchise with 60 wickets from 43 outings, for a fifth successive season. Additionally, they have also included wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi, batter Colin Ingram and wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen for the upcoming season alongside Paul Stirling, the Ireland opener.

The CPL, which will be held across Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago will begin on August 31, with the final to be played in Guyana on September 30.

Patriots are the defending champions, having beaten Kings in the final last year to win their maiden CPL title.

Guyana Amazon Warriors Full Squad: Shimron Hetmyer, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Chandrapaul Hemraj. Imran Tahir (Overseas), Tabriaz Shamshi (Overseas), Colin Ingram (Overseas), Paul Stirling (Overseas), Heinrich Klaasen (Overseas), Keemo Paul, Gudakesh Motie (Overseas), Shai Hope, Jermaine Blackwood, Veerasammy Paul, Ronsford Beaton, Matthew Nandu (Emerging Player), Junior Sinclair (Emerging Player)

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