The HEBOU PNG Barramundis Squad to tour Australia this month was announced today at Amini Park.
The fourteen (14) man HEBOU PNG Barramundis squad will be once again lead by Assad Vala with the majority of the squad being based in Port Moresby. Chad Soper (Sydney, Australia) and Nosiana Pokana (Canberra, Australia) are the only two (2) players who are not currently in Port Moresby. Soper is currently playing Sydney 1st Grade Cricket for Gordon CC while Pokana is playing for East Lake CC in Canberra as a part of the Cricket PNG (CPNG) Player Scholarship Program.
Right-arm leg spin bowler from Hanuabada Village, Vagi Boko Kora is the only uncapped HEBOU PNG Barramundis player named in squad.
CPNG’s Chairman of Selectors, Daniel Faunt was excited at this upcoming tour.
“These matches provide us with a terrific opportunity to play against high calibre Australian teams which will only aid our continued development,” said Faunt.
“The NSW second XI matches will involve the best fringe players from that state and some established Sheffield Shield players and will be a good gauge for Cricket PNG,” said Faunt.
Jack Vare and Norman Vanua were not included in the squad with both these players still recovering from various injuries.
The HEBOU PNG Barramundis will fly to Sydney next Monday 6th February to play three (3) matches against a NSW XI Team before travelling to Canberra where they 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 Ministers XI curtain raiser against the ACT provides a great opportunity to showcase ourselves to the Australian Cricketing public. This tour will also stand us in good stead as we prepare for an important set of matches in the UAE in March and for the rest of the year,” concluded Faunt.
In a major coup for CPNG, Cricket Australia (CA) together with the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP announced last month 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.
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
HEBOU PNG Barramundis Squad
1. Assad Vala (C)
2. Vani Vagi Morea
3. Lega Siaka
4. Tony Ura
5. Sese Bau
6. Mahuru Dai
7. Dogodo Bau (WK)
8. John Boge Reva
9. Alei Nao
10. Nosiana Pokana
11. Chad Soper
12. Willie Gavera
13. Pipi Raho
14. Vagi Boko
Dipak Patel (Head Coach)
John Ovia (Assistant Coach)
Dou Mavara (Data Analyst)
Lindsay Triggar (Physio)
Michael Pappas (S&C Coach)