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PNG would soon be playing international cricket sometime in 2016. After Rugby, Cricket is the second most popular sport in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The administration of PNG is now looking forward to setting up cricket in PNG. Former Australian Cricketer and General Manager of the team, Greg Campbell is planning to develop the Island Nation into next Cricketing strength. PNG has attracted many supporters after their good show in international circuit against other minnow nations. The team is yet to host any major international cricket at their home turf.
With the way planning is ongoing in the administrations, it seems like the Pacific Island nation would be able to host their first international match sometime early in 2016. The cricket association of PNG is making necessary initiatives in order to prepare the quality of wickets according to international standards followed by ICC. Cricket administration is taking help of South Australia Cricket Association curator, Todd Heinrich to assist the local PNG grounds men to prepare the new wickets at Amini Park, PNG. The domestic season of cricket will start from August 8th and the competition will comprise of 24 teams from the capital taking part.
With the necessary experience from Australian Curator, the grounds man said that they are pleased with the training and the team is well prepared to start preparing wickets at Amini and Colts grounds ahead of the domestic competition. Heinrich is spending time in PNG and would be looking to spread his knowledge to local team on how to improve and maintain standards of playing facilities at PNG. This would be the second visit to PNG by SACA curator Heinrich and his head Justin groves.
They had earlier visited PNG to check the preparation and activities before and said that the playing conditions would be suitable soon before the domestic competition and team would be ready to play according to international standards by early 2016.
Lega, the head groundsmen said, “Over the four days we have learnt how to fully rehabilitate the wickets so that they are up to international standards to accommodate cricket matches,” he explained. “I would like to thank Cricket PNG for bringing Mr Heinrich up here as it was a valuable time for us to gain further knowledge of how to maintain and improve our playing facilities here in PNG,” Laga further added up.