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”