PNG Cricketers Suspended

  • From: PNG Cricket Board

    The matter regarding the Under 19’s in Japan on their recent tour has been dealt with by the ICC and Cricket PNG with the following statement released to the media.

    Cricket PNG today announced that 10 players from the PNG U19 team have been
    suspended from international cricket for 12 months following a serious breach of ICC’s
    Player Code of Conduct Article 2.21 Bringing the Game into Disrepute at the recent ICC
    U19 Cricket World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifiers hosted in Japan. The players will also
    be suspended from playing domestic cricket for the remainder of 2019.

    As part of the sanction imposed by the Cricket PNG Board, the suspended players will
    also undertake 60 hours of community service and take part in a counselling programme
    with either a qualified counsellor or village elder.

    Cricket PNG Chief Executive Greg Campbell said: “On behalf of Cricket PNG I would like
    to offer our full and sincere apologies to the ICC, Japan Cricket Association and all of
    the other teams playing in the event.

    “The behaviour of our players is not what we would expect from international cricketers
    of any age. The players have expressed sincere regret at their actions and in addition
    to their suspension from cricket, they will undertake a comprehensive rehabilitation
    programme over the next 12 months, supported by Cricket PNG.

    “Our thanks go to our friends at the Japan Cricket Association for being such wonderful
    hosts and I would like to assure all Japanese cricket fans that this behaviour is not
    reflective of our sport. Congratulations to Japan on qualifying for the ICC U19 Cricket
    World Cup for the first time and we wish the whole team the very best for the event.

    ICC General Counsel and COO Iain Higgins added: “This has been a highly unusual
    incident by a group of young players and I would like to thank Cricket PNG for acting
    swiftly and decisively. It sends out a clear message that the sport will not tolerate this
    sort of behaviour at ICC events.

    “We are obviously extremely disappointed with the behavior of the players, but we are
    satisfied that Cricket PNG has delivered a suitable and proportionate sanction and
    programme for rehabilitation. Therefore, the ICC will not take any further action
    against any of the players.

    “I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to the Japan Cricket Association for
    their support in handling this issue and for hosting such a superb event. I also extend
    congratulations on behalf of the ICC to the Japan cricket team on qualifying for the ICC
    U19 Cricket World Cup for the first time, on what is a historic and monumental
    achievement for them. We look forward to welcoming the whole team to South Africa
    for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup next year.”

    Mr Campbell also said “Although Cricket PNG are disappointed with recent events, we
    will continue to work with these young men and look forward to their return to cricket
    following their suspension. We sincerely hope to see them in National colours again,
    sharing the lessons they have learnt with team mates on the standards and expectations
    when representing their country”





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