Papua New Guinea March 29, 2008

PNG national championships revamped

Tony Munro

Tony Munro

The Papua New Guinea national championships have been revamped to a four-team elite “Super Series” involving the country's best players. The Super Series will bring together the top players in the nation who will compete for four teams in a series of Twenty20 and One Day fixtures.

For the first time, players will be paid and the Papua New Guinea Cricket Board hopes cricket will take on a semi-professional attitude. To be played under two formats, the Twenty20 competition starts on April 6, followed by the 50-over tournament on April 27.

Each team will contain no more than four national players per side.

In order to make games competitive the traditional teams' geographical basis will be replaced by four teams chosen by the national selectors and named after sponsors.

At the end of the tournament, the 22-man Papua New Guinea national squad will be chosen for the World Cricket League Division Three tournament to be played in Argentina next January.

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo