The secret to our success is lies in simply playing to our strengths. All of us have roles and mine is to go out and play freely. We beat Ireland in the last qualifiers as well, in one of the warm-ups. Also our first T20 win against a big side was against them. Similarly, Nepal is doing well too. But like our coach and captain have stressed, it is important for us to take it one match at a time.
There is a big improvement in cricket since 2007. It was hard then, but over the years, the management has changed and players have started developing their skills. We managed to get coaches from overseas as well. Two of our three recent coaches have played international cricket, so it’s up to us to ensure we use their expertise. To have the likes of Andy Bichel and now Dipak Patel coaching with us with all of their experience at the highest level has been invaluable to us.
The growth we’ve shown over the years has been tremendous, but as a unit we aren’t taking anything for granted. It is vital that we win tomorrow, and for that we need to back the captain, vice-captain and the coach.
The conditions here are obviously different to back home. It’s sunny and rain, sometimes cold and windy. But as a group, we aren’t looking too far ahead. The boys deserve plenty of credit for sticking together as a family. We have been away from home for a long time, so to stick together shows how cricket is played in PNG.
Finally, we’ve had plenty of support from back home. To our families, friends and everyone who prayed for our success, a big thank you. Hopefully, we can go one step better than last year.