Heading into the 2018 edition of the Caribbean Premiere League (CPL), Amazon Warriors’ all-rounder Rayad Emrit believes that retaining a core is crucial.
In an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport, Emrit, who has captained the side before said, “the most important thing about franchise cricket is having the core of the squad playing for a while and that is what we have done.”
Amazon Warriors have retained the services of Sohail Tanvir, Jason Mohammed, Devindra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul, Luke Ronchi, Chadwick Walton and others, all of whom have represented the Warriors before.
On a personal note, Emrit indicated that he is pleased to be drafted once again by the most consistent team in the competition saying that, “it is another great opportunity to be a part of the Warriors again” labeling the franchise as being a very professional unit, whilst venturing out to say that he knows a lot of the players would love to be a part of this group.
The all-rounder said he is setting out to be better than ever and improve with both bat and ball this season, but is really keen on producing with the bat once given the opportunity.
Emrit mentioned that he has already began working on his fitness, though it has never been a problem for him. However, he aims to bowl much faster, along with increase his variations.
Looking at the inclusion of players with high quality portfolios such as Camron Delport, Imran Tahir and Shohib Malik, Emrit is confident the Warriors can win it this year after having reached the finals twice before.
In the CPL, the 37 year old all-rounder has played 53 matches, taken 65 wickets and contributed 103 runs from his 19 innings, 11 of which were not outs.