The HEBOU PNG Barramundis squad that will play Scotland in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup (ICUP)/ World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) Round 6 Fixtures in Port Moresby from the 1-8th October, 2017 was announced at the Cricket Office this week.
The fourteen (14) man HEBOU PNG Barramundis squad will once again be led by Assad Vala with former Australian Test Cricketer, Jason Gillespie being in charge of his first ICC sanctioned event as Cricket PNG’s (CPNG’s) Consultant Coach.
The squad will feature twelve (12) players from the Port Moresby Cricket Association (POMCA), Chad Soper who is currently based in Sydney, Australia and for the first time Damien Ravu from Lae Cricket Association (LCA).
CPNG’s Chairman of Selectors, Daniel Faunt was excited at the Hebou PNG Barramundis Squad selected for the Brisbane/Darwin Tour.
“The Selectors believe we have picked a squad of players capable of delivering on our objective which is primarily to cement our place in the World Cup Qualifiers. We have largely retained the core group of players who have served us well over the past 12 months with the notable exception of Willie Gavera who has been replaced by Damien Ravu,” said Faunt.
“Willie was unable to tour Queensland and NT due to visa issues and as a consequence we felt he has not had sufficient match practice for the Scotland series. Damien’s selection reflects both his considerable talent and continued development as well as the selectors desire to build our depth as we look to the future. This change does not affect the balance of the squad which we believe remains appropriate for this series,” concluded Faunt.
The ICUP Fixture will take place from Sunday 1st to Wednesday 4th October, 2017, with play commencing at 10am on each day. Heading into the match, the Hebou PNG Barramundis are sitting in fourth place on 40 points, managing victories over Netherlands in Round 1 and Namibia in Round 4, while Scotland are in seventh (7th) place on 37 points, having yet to register a victory in the ICUP. (ICUP Standings- https://www.icc-cricket.com/intercontinental-cup/standings)
The two (2) WCLC Fixtures will take place on Friday 6th and Sunday 8th October, with play commencing at 9:30am on each day. These two (2) WCLC fixtures are crucial as the battle for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 intensifies, with the top (4) WCLC Teams advancing to the Global World Cup Qualifier next year. The Hebou PNG Barramundis and Scotland trail table-toppers Netherlands (16 points) by two (2) and three (3) points respectively. (WCLC Standings- https://www.icc-cricket.com/world-cricket-league/standings)
All matches will take place at the newly accredited One Day International (ODI)/ Twenty 20 International (T20I) Venue, Amini Park. The ICUP will commence at 10am each day while the two (2) WCLC fixtures will commence at 9:30am.
HEBOU PNG Barramundis Squad
- Assad Vala (Captain)
- Jack Vare-Kevere
- Vani Vagi Morea
- Lega Siaka
- Tony Ura
- Sese Bau
- Mahuru Dai
- Damien Ravu
- John Boge Reva
- Alei Nao
- Nosiana Pokana
- Norman Vanua
- Chad Soper
- Dogodo Bau