Papua New Guinea news July 13, 2017

Jason Gillespie named interim PNG coach

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Gillespie will take over from Dipak Patel © Getty Images

Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie has been appointed interim coach of Papua New Guinea (PNG). He takes over from former New Zealand offspinner Dipak Patel.

Gillespie will be taking the PNG job part-time due to his commitments with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League. With the Australia A tour to South Africa cancelled due to the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association, Gillespie, who is also the head coach of the A side, is now free to join the PNG squad in Port Moresby later this month. Gillespie's coaching experience also includes time with English county Yorkshire.

"I'm really excited about it, as much to have another cricketing experience with another team and another country," Gillespie told "It broadens my experiences and broadens my learning and hopefully it will hold me in good stead going forward."

Gillespie will be taking over at a busy time for the team, which is set to play a series of matches in Australia against the Australian Indigenous team and Queensland XI, before hosting Scotland for two matches in October as part of their push for 2019 World Cup qualification.

"I'm just excited to see how these guys go about their work. I've heard a lot of very good things," Gillespie said. "Papua New Guinea played against Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi in the preseason and I spoke to a few of my friends at Yorkshire and they said the PNG guys were fantastic."

Patel, who was appointed in August 2014, had left the post after he and the PNG board reportedly could not agree on the terms for an extended contract.

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  • Adam on July 15, 2017, 5:44 GMT

    I agree with some of the posters here. Australia and New Zealand should help PNG cricket grow.

  • Anil on July 15, 2017, 3:50 GMT

    Teams consisting of native players like PNG and Nepal should be encouraged. ICC is still sleeping, they are busy promoting expatriate cricket in UAE, Oman and USA, they should know cricket will never grow in countries where it is played by only expats. PNG is an upcoming side, they should be encouraged.

  • Michael Gray on July 15, 2017, 0:06 GMT

    Would love to see a winter ODI quad series in Australia with Australia, NZ, PNG and Hong Kong. The East Asia Pacific championships.

  • Xiong on July 14, 2017, 9:07 GMT

    @Merv It's winter right now, not a whole lot of cricket going on.

  • Chris on July 14, 2017, 3:59 GMT

    I like Jason G, and hope that these were not the extent of his comments. Nice if he said something about what he would do for the PNG team was reported, rather than what is going to do for Jason.

  • Mohammad Subail on July 14, 2017, 3:57 GMT

    BCB should try to bring him as bowling coach. Lucky PNG got one of the best modern bowler as there mentor.

  • Kausthub on July 14, 2017, 3:37 GMT

    Waste of an ODI and T20 status without any matches. If they can't play top teams, at least schedule matches against Afghanistan, Zim, IRE, Scot and Netherlands.

  • Prem on July 14, 2017, 1:03 GMT

    Gillespie will do a great job and maybe CA can outsource the Australian team to PNG lol.

  • divynl6307086 on July 13, 2017, 21:22 GMT

    When PNG has a better coach than you (India). In all seriousness, very lucky for PNG, have to utilize him at best. Honestly, they looked like the next Afghanistan for the surprising cricket which they played. All the best PNG!!- Pinch-hitter_Night-Watchman

  • Adam on July 13, 2017, 21:10 GMT

    "BCCI had done the next few gen's of indian cricket a favour by appointing Gillespie as our pace bowling coach" Jason can't perform miracles mate.

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