March 29, 2008

Papua New Guinea

PNG national championships revamped

Will Luke

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.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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