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|Physical Address:||PO Box 168
Boroko NCD Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea
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|General Manager||Greg Campbell|
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Cricket was introduced in Papua New Guinea by missionaries from the London Missionaries Society in the early 1900s. The game is very popular among the Papuan coastal villages where these missionaries and early British explorers first landed. It is said that organised competitions have been played since the 1950s. PNG became an Associate Member of the ICC in 1973. The affiliation enabled its participation in the ICC Trophy held in England in 1979 and all subsequent ICC Trophy tournaments thereafter.
It is this legacy of being an Associate Member that has provided so many opportunities for the players, coaches and umpires and the general development of the sport. The game is administered by the Cricket PNG Board, which operates under its own constitution. The Cricket PNG Board is also a member of the PNG Sports Federation and National Olympic Committee. Former australian Test player Greg Campbell (89 Ashes) replaced Bill Leane (CEO) in the top job in December 2011.
Cricket PNG enjoys significant longterm Corporate partnerships. Major partners include: Hebou Constructions PNG (naming rights sponsor of Hebou Barramundi's), Air Niugini, Pacific MMI Insurance (Don't Drink and Drive Legends Bash), BSP Bank (BSP School Kriket), Brian Bell Limited (Brian Bell Future Star Scholarships), PNG Telecom, Dulux, UMW, IBS.
PNG teams have travelled away to many countries for different tournaments including several World Cup qualifiers. It has also hosted international cricket teams like the West Indies in 1975 when they were world champions. Australian state team Victoria, has toured on three separate occasions while North Queensland toured in 1990 and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 2003 and 2007. The Japanese Women's national team were the first female tourists in September 2006 when it played PNG Women's Team in the EAP Women's World Cup qualifying series. in recent years PNG has installed turf wickets to become the 1st Associate country in East Asia Pacific to host an ICC event in country on turf International standard wickets. The wickets were opened by Australian Cricket legend Doug Walters in July 2010. The first Series was between a Cricket Australia National Indigenous Team and the PNG Barramundi's coached by Andy Bichel won the series 4-0. Shortly after an International Series featuring Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore was played in 50 over and T20 cricket.
The country has been well-served by notable players such as Nigel Agonia, Charlie Harrison, Iola Alewa, Don Fox, Brian Amini and Lou Ao, then in the 1980s by Tau Ao, Vavine Pala, TaunaoVai, Sam Malum, ApiLeka, RakiIla. In the 1990s, William Maim, Tuku Raka, Gurna Ravu, Ola Raka, Numa Alu and Babani Harry, John Ovia, Jamie Brazier regularly made the team. Currently the PNG Hebou Barramundi's leading players are Rarua Dikana, Willie Gavera, Jack Vare Chris Kent, Mahuru Dai, Hitolo Areni, Tony Ura and Assad Vala. Former England Test player Geraint Jones has just joined the playing group and new National Coach is Peter Anderson (former Qld and Sth Australian player)
The men's senior team just missed out on a place in the 2009 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier- finishing third in Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Three earlier in the same year, but has since been boosted in its quest to make further strides by the recruitment, as coach, of former Australia international bowler Andy Bichel (2009 - 2011). PNG qualified through World Cricket League 3 in January 2011 finishing second in Hong Kong and then competed strongly in World Cricket League 2 in March 2011 to finish third and displace Bermuda and Uganda from the ICC High Performance group and achieve its best ever world ranking of 19. Papua New Guinea's next major hurdle to claim a chance to qualify for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup will be the World Cricket League Division Two in early 2013 where a Top 2 finish is needed to Qualify for the new 8 country International ODI World Cricket League. The Barramundi's head to the ICC T20 World Cup qualifier in March 2012 to fight for one of two spots on offer at the 2012 World T20.
PNG is the leading country in the East Asia-Pacific region. The Hebou Barramundi's are undefeated in EAP events since 2008 and are T20 and 50 over Champions. They are in Division 2 of World Cricket League and ranked 19th in the World. They have ODI status and are a member of the ICC High Performance group. In 2011 The PNG A -Team won GOLD for the first time at the Arafura games (again defeating Australia's CA National Indigenous Team). The National men's team (not the Barramundi's) has won all South Pacific Games gold medals since cricket was included in the South Pacific Games charter in 1979 with the last victory in 2011 (New Caledonia). The team has also taken part in all ICC Trophy Tournaments since 1979. The U19 junior team has played in six World Cups and has again qualified for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to be played in Australia in August 2012, In 2010 (NZ) the PNG Team had its best ever result finishing a commendable 12th. The U15 team successfully defended its EAP title in Indonesia (2009), while the women's team has qualified for the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2008 but failed win the EAP event just being beaten by Host Japan in a rain effected Final 2010 failing to make it through to the 2012 qualifier. PNG are the EAP U/17 Champions having won in Vanuatu in 2010.
Cricket is played competitively in seven areas: Central Province, Port Moresby, Lae, Milne Bay Province (6 associations), West New Britain, Madang and Eastern Highlands. Other centres including Western Highlands, New Britain, Oro Province conduct competitions and have regional staff but are yet to affiliate to Cricket PNG. Port Moresby has the strongest competition, followed by Lae. Cricket PNG conducts major competitions: the Hebou National Championships, the Dulux Regional Cup and the BSP (schools) Cricket Competition. It is currently planning a six-team National super league cricket competition for Men and has plans for a separate junior national championship. All centres run their own weekly inter-club competitions at various times of the year.
In 2009 the 1st Annual Pacific MMI and Motor Vehicles Insurance Limited Don't Drink and Drive Bash was held in PNG and broadcast on "Free to Air TV". The Bash featured visiting International Legends playing with local players and aiding their development. In 2010 the event expanded to include the Legends visiting provinces and providing skills clinics. In 2011 the event was webcast to a world wide audience. Visiting legends have included Muttiah Muraliduran, Andrew Symonds, Brad Hogg, Craig McDermott, Andy Bichel, Michael Kasprowicz, Simon Doull, Adam Holioake, Scott Styrus, Steve Rixon, Brendan Drew, Xavier Dougharty, and many more...........
In 2009 and again 2010 The ICC recognised the event with a Global award for Best event and Marketing program.
Former CEO , Bill Leane (2009 - 2011) put together a development program based on a five-year development strategy plan (2009 - 2014). In 2010 The ICC recognised PNG with a Global Award for excellence in Junior Development for the BSP School Kriket program which now (2011) has over 116,000 boys (54%) and girls (46%) participating throughout much of PNG. An eight (8) week in school program, BSP schoolKriket teaches kids the fundamentals of the game and promotes millenium goals like good health. Over 1000 Teachers have completed the BSP teachers training accreditation course.
In 2010 the Australian sports Commission also provided significant funding to assist Cricket PNG with Junior development initiatives
Cricket PNG now have International standard grounds with turf wickets at its home at Amini Park. There is also a 6 lane Indoor practise facility with 4 International size Indoor courts (cricket and Netball) as well as a fully equipped gym.
Cricket PNG has dedicated a coach for the national women's training programme since March 2006. This coach implements all women's cricket-related programmes. He has also been trained extensively both in PNG and other EAP programmes to enhance his knowledge and skills. Women's cricket is played competitively in most regions and is very strong in Port Moresby. Cricket PNG has been able to implement a women's national competition as part of the Hebou National Event, and annually looks to other affiliated centres to provide new participants.Cricket PNG has long encouraged and involved women's participation in coaching and umpiring courses. The number of female teachers in the BSP program and their participation in inter-club competitions is improving annually.
The Brian Bell future stars program allows up to 14 players annually to experience Life and play cricket in a foreign country for (6) months. The program has seen players on scholarship in NZ, Australia and Scotland with great success. The program will continue beyond 2014 thanks to long term support from the Brian bell group of companies and the positive outcomes from the program in developing PNG players life skills and furthering their cricket skills.
Cricket PNG has regularly engaged in major social impact projects that are in line with the ICC's partnership with the UNAIDS programme. These proposals, named YumiLukautim Moresby (We Care for Moresby), and Bowl Out Aids in Central Province, have been successful.
The PNG Sports Federation and National Olympic Committee have recently held a national sports federations workshop at Amini Park (Cricket PNG home) on HIV prevention through sport to get all sports to sign up to the Declaration on HIV Prevention through Sport, and adopt an HIV sports place policy to actively contribute in the effort to implement the policy and use its sports activities to reduce the impact of HIV. Cricket PNG is committed and will be a signatory to this programme.