August 27, 2010

Papua New Guinea

PNG to host international associate series

Liam Brickhill

Tony Munro

International cricket will come to Papua New Guinea next week when the national team hosts Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore in the Air Niugini International Supa Series from September 1 to 5.

There will be two tournaments in one as the four teams initially play each other once in the 50-over format during the first three days before converting to Twenty20 mode on the last two days, culminating in a final.

Visiting national teams to PNG are rare - perhaps the only exception being West Indies in 1975, so numerically at least this is possibly the biggest tournament of its kind in PNG cricket history.

Hong Kong pipped Malaysia for third place at this year's ACC Trophy Elite while Singapore were controversially denied promotion from World Cricket League Division Five in February. Singapore's squad is understood to be near full strength while Hong Kong has some players absent because of club commitments in England.

Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong will meet again January when WCL Division Three is held in Hong Kong.

One-day schedule Wednesday September 1 PNG vs Malaysia 10.00am Amini Park Hong Kong vs Singapore 11.00am Colts Ground
Thursday September 2 PNG vs Singapore 10:30am Colts Ground Hong Kong vs Malaysia 10:30am Amini Park
Friday September 3 PNG vs Hong Kong 10:30am Amini Park Malaysia vs Singapore 10:30am Colts Ground

Twenty20 schedule Saturday September 4 Hong Kong vs Malaysia 10.00am Amini Park PNG vs Singapore 10.00am Colts Ground PNG vs Hong Kong 2.00pm Colts Ground Malaysia vs Singapore 2.00pm Amini Park
Sunday September 5 PNG vs Malaysia 10.00am Amini Park Hong Kong VS Singapore 10.00am Colts Ground Grand Final 2.00pm Amini Park

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Posted by English guy on (August 29, 2010, 21:00 GMT)

You know, the Champions trophy originally WAS meant for non-Test countries: was hosted in Kenya and (pre-test) Bangladesh with the intention of spreading the game. But they realised they get more money from doing it in Test countries (bigger crowds etc). I think we need more tournaments in places like Ireland, Netherlands, Kenya, Tanzania, Canada, Malaysia, Nepal... but not sure how likely it is to happen!

Posted by Jashan(India) on (August 29, 2010, 14:24 GMT)

"not in this match-fixing climate, don't think so" match fixing is at the highest level. Cricket at this level is pure and repeatedly one country has been the major source of it. Don't wanna name it and surely India also imported from it.

Posted by Jashan(India) on (August 29, 2010, 6:55 GMT)

We should have the 20-20 WC and Champions trophy is non test playing nations alternatively. The 50 50 WC however shud be just in Test Nations. Football spread in that way, so will cricket. Q:- Will cricinfo cover these matches live?

Posted by reaz on (August 29, 2010, 4:14 GMT)

"... and they will fall in love with it" not in this match-fixing climate, don't think so.

Posted by Jashan(India) on (August 28, 2010, 10:44 GMT)

Great to see such tournaments. This is a great way to spread cricket around. Let as many people actually see cricket than hearing about it. Yesterday in flight I met an American who is living in Geneva. He told me he started watching cricket from IPL on last visit to India, and actually went to Ashes last time it was played in England. According to him he now actually enjoys Test Matches more. Hence let cricket be played at as many places. Let people see it and they will fall in love with it

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