By Ravendra Madholall
USA’s versatile all-rounder Jasdeep Singh is excited to represent Guyana Amazon Warriors at the forthcoming Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which will begin August 18 to September 10 in Trinidad and Tobago.
The tournament which will once again have six Franchise teams participating for the seventh edition, is slated to be played in the twin-islands republic only.
After serious considerations from the relevant authorities during this COVID-19 Pandemic crisis, Trinidad and Tobago was chosen to be the host nation for all preliminary and knockout matches, along with the championship contest.
According to the 27-year-old Singh, his preparations are going fine and is anxious to make use of the opportunity in the game’s shortest version.
“Definitely, I [am] excited to be given the chance to be at the CPL T20 tournament; I know it is a huge competition and I also can’t wait to be in Guyana Amazon Warriors’ dressing room,” Singh related.
Singh, who lives in New Jersey and plays for Smashers Cricket Club also in New Jersey, stated that he travels to Pennsylvania on a regular basis to be in the gym since in his city, Gyms have remained closed until further notice owing to the Pandemic.
“I will keep working hard to stay fit both physically and mentally; it will be a great experience to be at this tournament where you will have players from across the world playing, so I am definitely thrilled to go out there and showcase my talent,” Singh revealed. The right-hander declared that he was surprised when he got a text message from his teammate Ali Khan that he was drafted by the Warriors for the tournament but immediately felt glad.
Guyana Amazon Warriors, who were beaten by Barbados Trident in the final last year, have retained New Zealand’s veteran batsman Ross Taylor, South Africa’s spin wizard Imran Tahir and Australian willy off-spinner Chris Green.
Several West Indian high-profile T20 players are also back in the fray for the Guyanese Franchise including young batting sensation Nicolas Pooran and Jamaica and West Indies flamboyant opening batsman Brandon King have also been retained.
Guyana Amazon Warriors have again picked some of their local stars including pugnacious middle-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherfurd and Chanderpaul Hemraj.
“It will be a great opportunity to rub shoulders with these high-profile players in the team; over the years, I have played with many cricketers from the Caribbean and it was great; so definitely, I am eagerly looking forward to make an impression,” Singh enthusiastically mentioned.
Singh made his T20 debut for USA against Nepal in 2015 and has worked hard on his game. He has represented the North America country in four T20s and similar number of limited-over games.
He attributed much his of success to his dedication and unwavering commitment even though his father Paramjit passed away few years ago.