The Guyana Amazon Warriors have appointed South African Johan Botha as their Head Coach and current Guyana and West Indies ‘A’ Team Manager Rayon Griffith as Assistant Coach.
Botha has had previous coaching experience with Islamabad United and Multan Sultans at the Pakistan Super League. Botha has also played at the Hero CPL, winning the title with the Trinbago Knight Riders in 2015.
As a player, Botha represented South Africa in Tests, ODIs and T20 Internationals, claiming 126 wickets for his country. Griffith has represented the Guyana National Team and the West Indies B side in regional tournaments, and has had a very successful stint as the current Assistant Coach/Manager of the Guyana Jaguars, contributing to them winning the West Indies Four-Day Professional League for four consecutive years.
In speaking about his appointment, Botha expressed excitement at the challenge ahead. “I really enjoyed my time with the Hero CPL as a player, and I can’t wait to get underway as a coach. The squad that the Amazon Warriors have put together for this year is really impressive, and I am sure we will be challenging for the title at the end of the season,” he declared.
Team and Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Omar Khan, expressed optimism on Botha’s and Griffith’s appointments. He said: “The management of the franchise puts in continuous effort to do things differently with the aim of winning the title.
After getting so close over the years, we are delighted to have Johan and Rayon at the helm of our coaching staff this year. They are both very professional, are very much involved in cricket coaching and development, and are expected to bring new ideas and initiatives to the team set-up.”
The new coaches will take charge for the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League from 8th August to 16th September.