With the fourth edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (HCPL) T20 tournament less than two months away, the local Guyana Amazon Warriors players continued their pre-camp training session at the Studio 53 Gym yesterday. Stabroek Sports visited Studio 53 located at Providence, owned by former Guyana and West Indies skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan where Head Coach Roger Harper along with Chris Barnwell, Devendra Bishoo,Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Anthony Bramble and a few others took part in a physical assessment session which is geared towards ensuring the players are fully fit for the competition.
While the official camp bowls off on June 18, Harper told this newspaper that the current sessions, which will go up until the
official start of the camp, will help the coaches and trainers to have a better understanding of the current condition of the players.
Most of the players in the side are also members of the of the Guyana Jaguars team and have weekly training sessions all year Round.
It is expected that fitness will not be a bother for Harper and his team but rather the significance of entering the camp fully fit will be emphasized over the next few weeks.
According to Harper, who has been coach of the team for the first two editions before being replaced by Carl Hooper last year before resuming his familiar stint with the Warriors for season four, it was important that the players enter the camp fit rather than having to use the encampment period which will focus more on match simulations among other areas in order to get the cricketers in ideal shape, if necessary.
With the HCPL bowling off in the latter part of June, Harper also revealed that the Caribbean based Guyana Amazon Warriors players such as Rayad Emrit, Steven Katawaroo to name a few, will be arriving in time for the commencement of camp.
Harper said that he and the trainers believed that it’s key for the players to know the correct exercises, the areas of the body it targets and more importantly, what is expected of them whilst training. The sessions are expected to continue weekly ahead of the start of camp in June.