In a major coup for Cricket PNG (CPNG), Cricket Australia (CA) together with the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP announced yesterday that the HEBOU PNG Barramundis will take on ACT XI in the curtain raiser to the main Prime Minister’s XI match on Wednesday 15th February at Manuka Oval, Canberra.
The Prime Minister’s XI, captained by Australian batsman and WA and Perth Scorchers Captain will take on the touring Sri Lankan Team on Wednesday 15th February in a T20 Fixture.
Adam Voges said he was honoured to be offered such an opportunity.
“It’s a tremendous honour to be selected to captain the Prime Minister’s XI and captain alongside the likes of past greats including Brett Lee, Mike Hussey Ricky Ponting and Chris Rogers,” said Voges.
Cricket Australia has also confirmed that the match will become a double-header, with the HEBOU PNG Barramundis will to take on an ACT XI at Manuka Oval on the same day at 2:30pm.
The announcement of the double header, continues Cricket Australia’s support to emerging nations, and further strengthens relationships between both Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Speaking on the raft of announcements, the Prime Minister said he was very much looking forward to the match in a month’s time.
“I’m delighted that Adam Voges will be available to Captain the PM’s XI,” said the Prime Minister, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP.
“This is my second PM’s XI and I’m looking forward to a fierce contest against Sri Lanka. The double header with Papua New Guinea adds an exciting new dimension to the traditional fixture,” concluded Prime Minister, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP.
CPNG’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Campbell was delighted at the opportunity given by CA and the Australian Government to be a part of the annual Prime Minister’s XI Fixture.
“This is an incredible achievement by CPNG to have the HEBOU PNG Barramundis be a part of this event filled with so much history,” said Campbell.
“A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scene to make this happen. We had Lega (Siaka) being selected in the actual Prime Minister’s XI a couple of years ago, but to have the whole HEBOU PNG Barramundis take part in the curtain raiser against a strong ACT XI team will give another opportunity for the Barramundis to show their skill to a large audience,” said Campbell.
“We must thank CA, Cricket ACT and the Australian Government for this wonderful opportunity. We hope that the PNG Government get behind CPNG and support our vision of hosting the Prime Minister’s XI fixture here at Amini Park (Port Moresby) in the future,” concluded Campbell.
Pat Howard, CA Executive General Manager of Team Performance said that the match preceding the fixture of Papua New Guinea and an ACT XI was important to further strengthen cricket in the region.
“On the back of PNG’s successful practise matches against Australian State teams at the start of the summer, this is another opportunity for them to play a high quality match against Australian Cricket opposition. We are committed to help grow the international game and in particular our international neighbours,” concluded Howard.
In a lead up to this fixture, the HEBOU PNG Barramundis will take on the NSW XI in two (2) 50 Over and one (1) T20 match in Sydney.
Tickets to the Prime Minister’s XI match are available now at www.cricket.com.au/tickets.
HEBOU PNG Barramundis Tour Fixture
Wednesday 8th February, 2017- HEBOU PNG Barramundis vs NSW XI (50 Over) @ Blacktown
Sunday 12th February, 2017- HEBOU PNG Barramundis vs NSW XI (50 Over) @ Hustville Oval
Monday 13th February, 2017- HEBOU PNG Barramundis vs NSW XI (T20) @ Blacktown
Wednesday 15th February, 2017- HEBOU PNG Barramundis vs ACT XI (T20) @ Manuka Oval, Canberra