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Paul pledges to grab his CPL opportunity with both hands

first_imgPRIOR to the start of the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in 2013, former West Indies captain and batting legend Sir Vivian Richards believed the League would provide young cricketers an opportunity to display and hone their skills in a competitive environment.Richards had also said the tournament should give the young players an opportunity to assess their professional career.And over the years the tournament has definitely proved to be the gateway for a numbers of young professionals, not only in the Caribbean, but also in most cricket playing nations.This year’s fifth edition will commence on August 4, and, as usual will be no different, with a number of young players having the opportunity to further enhance their cricketing career.One such player will be the talented Guyanese all-rounder, Keemo Paul.The former West Indies Under-19 player has been selected as a replacement for Shimron Hetmyer ahead of this year’s CPL tournament, according to the management of the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) on Wednesday.Hetmyer, who was initially selected by the Guyana Amazon Warriors as the West Indies Youth Player will be on West Indies Senior Team duties hence Paul has been chosen as his replacement.Speaking with Chronicle Sport yesterday, the 19-year-old said he is eager to grab the opportunity with both hands, adding that his main aim is to learn as much as possible.“Definitely I am overwhelmed, but at the same time humble at the opportunity given,” the first-class player pointed out.He added, “I’m looking forward to the opportunity since it will definitely be a challenge, but having said that, I just want to make it count”.Sir Vivian RichardsPaul was a part of previous training camps with the Warriors, but this time around he is eager to learn as much from the international players.“I was a part of previous training camp, but this time I will be more with the squad, so I want to learn as much as possible, especially from the international players,” he said.Paul who was Hetmyer’s deputy when the West Indies Under-19 team won the Youth World Cup in 2016, made his List A debut in January 2015 playing for the West Indies Under-19s in Tobago.In March this year, the 19-year-old right-handed all-rounder’s First Class debut was overshadowed by injury at the Queen’s Park Oval but came back with a tournament-winning six-wicket haul at Providence for the Guyana Jaguars.Meanwhile, the Warriors’ first step to winning their maiden CPL title will begin on July 26 when the official training camp gets underway.The South American-based franchise have been one of the most consistent sides since the tournament’s inception, reaching the finals in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2015, the Guyana Amazon Warriors reached the semifinals phase.The Guyana leg of the tournament will see the Warriors clash with the defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs on August 17, followed by Trinbago Knight Riders on the 19th.The three-time runners-up Warriors will then oppose Barbados Tridents the following day, after which they will play St Lucia Stars on the 22nd.last_img read more

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Ikeh, Ravena star as Ateneo drubs Adamson

first_imgWinning start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Thirdy Ravena topscored with 20 points on top of 10 rebounds for the Blue Eagles, who never trailed and led by as much as 22.Minus Sarr, who was sidelined due to a groin injury, the Falcons were out-rebounded, 60-35. Sarr averaged 14.4 points and 14.9 rebounds last season as he led Adamson back to the Final Four.Kurt Lojera had 11 points, including a drive that trimmed Ateneo’s lead to single-digits, 63-54, before Ravena extended it back to 16, 76-60, with 2:49 remaining.The Falcons’ usual hitters struggled mightily on the offensive end with Jerrick Ahanmisi going 4-of-16 from the field and Sean Manganti missing all of his four attempts from long range. Both wound up with nine points each.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat was deemed as a potential Final Four preview wasn’t even close.Ateneo treated Adamson like the whipping team of old, 85-65, to cap off the opening day of UAAP Season 80 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Alaska determined to get back into playoffs A costly, catty dispute finally settled The Blue Eagles were hardly challenged by the Falcons, who are reeling from the absence of their dominant big man Papi Sarr.“It was a good win for us. I guess we’re lucky that Papi Sarr wasn’t in the game,” said Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We’re not surprised that Ikeh played great because he has been practicing well for us.”Ateneo import Chi Ikeh feasted on Adamson’s diminished frontline and finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Break new ground View comments Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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