New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill has been named captain of Guyana's Amazon Warriors for this year's Caribbean Premier League.

Opener Guptill, ranked third in the world in T20 batting, is preparing for his fourth season in the CPL, and third with the Warriors, and is the franchise's marquee player. The Aucklander enjoys a career average of 34.73 and strike rate of 131.44 from 61 games for New Zealand.

"It is a huge thrill and great honour for me," Guptill said of the captaincy role.

"I am really excited about working with a talented crop of emerging local and international talent and we will be working hard to try and be consistent and go one step further and clinch the title which has eluded the Warriors on two occasions."


Guptill's teammates include young Australian legspinner Adam Zampa, Queensland hard hitter Chris Lynn and Pakistan left arm seamer Sohail Tanvir.

Retired New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and pugnacious Auckland batsman Colin Munro will play for the Trinibago Knigh Riders in the league running from mid June.