The Papua New Guinea national cricket team, the Barrramundis, are set to arrive today to what is expected to be a rousing welcome from cricket fans and family in Port Moresby.
It’s been a successful qualifying tournament with the Barramundis getting a direct entry in the round robin – a feat their coach Joe Dawes said late last week was unexpected but a “nice bonus”.
The Barramundis are pooled against Oma, Ireland and regular World Cup participant Sri Lanka.
It’s certainly a very competitive pool but with a shorten version of the game and anything is possible.
Papua New Guinea sets off its first match on the 18th of October against Oman at Kardinia Park in Geelong. That will be followed by perhaps one of its biggest ever matches against a powerhouse cricket nation Sri Lanka on 20 October again at the same venue as the first match.
Their final pool match will be against Ireland a nation that recently also qualified in the round robin qualifiers this month in Dubai. That match is scheduled on 22 October 2020 at Kardinia Park Geelong.
The top team in the pool will progress to the next round against the likes of host nation Australia, India, England, Pakistan etc.
Papua New Guinea should indeed be proud of making it into a world tournament of this level.
18 October 2020 PNG v Oman – Kardinia Park, Geelong
20 October 2020 PNG v Sri Lanka – Kardinia Park, Geelong
22 October 2020 PNG v Ireland – Kardinia Park, Geelong
If you are planning to watch a World Cup tournament, then this is a great opportunity for Papua New Guineans to watch and cheer on their team as the matches are all in Australia.
It’s time to start saving.
In other cricket related news, Barramundis captain Assad Vala and opening bowler Norman Vanua have been selected in the qualifying team of the tournament with the former being appointed as the captain of the team – a very prestigious recognition.
Vanua is likely to be promoted up the batting ladder in the coming matches considering the fact that he played crucial roles with both bat and ball – a genuine all-rounder for sure and vital for the shortened version of the game.