Papua New Guinea October 16, 2008

The Barramundi gear up for Argentina

Tony Munro

Tony Munro

The Papua New Guinea Barramundi, as the men's national cricket team is called, will hold two camps in Brisbane as part of their preparations for the World Cricket League Division Three tournament in Buenos Aires in January.

The first camp will be held at Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane from November 9 to 15 before another camp at South Brisbane CC just prior to leaving for Argentina.

These follow a recent 10-day camp in Port Moresby which was overseen by national coach Martin Gleeson and incorporated a visit from ICC East Asia-Pacific development officer, Charlie Burke.

Meanwhile, as usual, most cricket activity in PNG will centre around the two associations affiliated to Cricket Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby and Lae.

In Port Moresby, 14 teams will contest the A & B Grades, six teams in the ladies' league, and there are also under 19 and under 16 teams.

In Lae, on PNG's northeastern coast, six teams will compete in the men's competition, six women's teams contest a knockout and there is a six team under 16 competition.

Fourteen villages in the Highlands in PNG's Central Province recently conducted an inter-village competition. Like other competitions in Kimbe, Milne Bay, Popondetta on the northern coast and Tabubil, it is not affiliated to Cricket PNG.

Nishi Narayanan is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo