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Peter Anderson named Papua New Guinea coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 7, 2012

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Papua New Guinea have appointed former Queensland and South Australia wicketkeeper Peter Anderson as their new coach. Anderson replaces Brad Hogg, who resigned as coach of PNG following his recall to Australia's Twenty20 side.

Anderson's first-class career spanned eight years from 1986 to 1994. He made 1399 runs from 56 matches, averaging 17.93, and effected 172 dismissals. Cricket PNG general manager Greg Campbell said the team was looking for a long-term coach. The big assignment ahead is the World T20 Qualifier in March.

"We're coming into a very important and exciting time for Cricket PNG right now, and needed someone to spend vast periods of time with the team," Campbell said. We've been blessed in recent times to have the both Brad Hogg and Andy Bichel working with the team, but given their reputations in the cricket world, they would always have opportunities knocking at the door. With Peter, we know we're going to get 100% and the vision and attributes he brings to the team will be great for the boys."

Anderson has been coaching local clubs in Queensland over the last six years and has also been working with wicketkeepers in the ICC Pacific region.

"I think Peter will be a great addition to our coaching staff, with many years playing and coaching behind him, I feel we have picked the right man to take us to the next level," Cricket PNG chairman Mick Nades said. "As a board, we congratulate him on his appointment, and look forward to moving forward together."

Anderson will join the PNG team in Canberra next month.

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Posted by Gizza on (February 8, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

Looks like a decent replacement. Shame Hoggy couldn't coach PNG though. Papue New Guinea is a country where cricket can expand and ought to given the right people and infrastructure. The ICC are too money blind and just want the US, continental Europe, China and Japan to one day become Test playing nations instead of the countries where an intered in cricket has started to develop like Ireland, PNG, Afganistan, Nepal, the Pacific Islands and parts of Africa.

Posted by Meety on (February 7, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

Go the Kumuls. My list of preferences for the T20 w/cup in SL, is obviously Oz first, but if PNG & Afghanistan make it, they'll be next!

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