County news January 20, 2012

Jones to play for Papua New Guinea

ESPNcricinfo staff

Geraint Jones, the former England wicketkeeper, will return to the country of his birth and play for Papua New Guinea in the World Twenty20 qualifying tournament.

Jones will join up with the Papua New Guinea squad for a training camp in February before trying to help them earn a place at the World T20 in the qualifiers in March. Both finalists of the tournament in Dubai will qualify for the main event in Sri Lanka in September.

Born in Kundiawa in the Chimbu Province of Papua New Guinea, Jones was raised in Australia before moving to Britain and gaining a contract with Kent in 2001. He made his England debut against West Indies in April 2004 and was part of the team in 2005 that regained the Ashes.

Jones, who played two T20 internationals, has been out of international cricket since 2006. He lost his Test place in December 2005 and played the last of his 49 ODIs against Sri Lanka at Headingley in July 2006.

His decision provides a major boost for Papua New Guinea and their general manager, Greg Campbell, was delighted at the news. "I couldn't believe it when Geraint contacted us," Campbell said. "He is genuinely excited about coming to play and helping us achieve the dream of a World Cup spot. He has played so many games at the highest level. His talent and experience will be incredibly valuable for us."

Papua New Guinea begin their World T20 qualifying campaign against Afghanistan on March 13.

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  • Hritam on January 23, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    A good news for a nation thoroughly developing in cricket. Hopefully they will qualify for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

  • Andrew on January 23, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    @Bryce Cunningham - he worked with them for a year I think, & that ended a while back, now he is an Ozzy selector. @Ramesh Adhikari - I don't mind Irish players playing tests for England, I get annoyed when they play ODIs for them though. I think there should be disspensation for Minnows. == == == Good onya Geraint. Playing for PNG is as close as you'll ever get to playing for an Ozzy Shield team buddy!

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Its wired and does not sound right that such a flip-flopping is allowed in the gentleman's game. A player should be allowed to represent one country, not swing here and there for their advantage.

  • Alan on January 21, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @jonesy2: you are right, this is a very inaccurate article. Not only did Jones play 11 test matches after December 2005 (against India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia in 2006), but they can't even spell the name of the country correctly. I wonder if Onglish (lets see how they like it) cricinfo writers are simply too embarrassed by Ongland's defeats against Australia of 2006-7 to mention them. @Darren Cook: Players playing for more than one country is something as old as test cricket itself, but I do agree that something else has been added to this in recent years through Ongland trialling certain cricketers (Gavin Hamilton, Ed Joyce, Geraint Jones) and then deciding that if they aren't that good, they can go off and play for their proper countries after all. I don't object to players who've been born or brought up in one country playing for another if they have connections to it, but Ongland's cherry-picking the Associate nations in this way is bad for the development of cricket

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    PAPUA not PAPAU, lol. Good news for them anyway. If I remember correctly Andrew Bichel is working over there with the national side.

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    he did play in the ashes 2006/07 but was not picked for the the t20 and tri series that followed the tests

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Really happy to see this!

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    A total joke that a player can change from one Country to another!

  • Christopher on January 20, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Awesome decesion Jones...can't wait to see you in action!!!!!!! its been a long time :)

  • Matthew on January 20, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @jonesy2 Yes you're right. Cricinfo you really need to sort it out, your high standards are slipping. Geraint Jones' last Test match was against the Australians in Perth in late 2006, not 2005. His last ODI match was the one mentioned against Sri Lanka in July 2006, but that obviously wasn't his last England match.

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