The HEBOU PNG Barramundis’ head coach, Dipak Patel is excited ahead of the match against the ACT XI in the curtain raiser to the main Prime Minister’s XI match next Wednesday 15th February at Manuka Oval, Canberra.
Patel spoke to Cricket PNG about the current tour and the exciting fixture against ACT XI next week after their narrow loss to the New South Wales (NSW) XI on Wednesday at Pratten Park in Sydney.
Q. Welcome back to 2017 after a couple of months off. The boys must be eager and ready for another challenge?
The Barras have trained very hard and particularly on their Strength & Conditioning Program. However their skills program has been hampered a lot with the adverse weather in Port Moresby. We have a busy year and all preparation phases will be crucial.
Q. There are a couple of changes to the team that played in the ODI Series in Hong Kong late last year.
The changes in the squad are due to a couple of senior players still n their rehabilitation program. Vagi Boko (Kora), a young leg-spinner is included to give him some exposure on how the Barras setup operates and a chance for him to measure his ability against the top players and teams. He is a spinner that we have been developing during 2016.
Q. Playing three (3) matches against a NSW XI and then the ACT XI in Canberra must be very exciting and another step in the development of the Barramundis.
Fixtures of this nature are very important to help the Barras squad to take their skills to higher levels than that in 2016. The Barras really enjoy these challenges and playing in front of large crowds is something they thrive on.
Q. Playing in the curtain raiser of the Prime Minister’s XI match must be very special, an event with so much history.
The PM XI fixture is special and the Barras are looking forward to display their own brand of cricket and they are hoping to entertain everyone next week.
The HEBOU PNG Barramundis will play their second match against the NSW XI in another 50 over match on Sunday 12th February, 2017 at Hustville Oval. Then they will play a T20 fixture the following day, before travelling to Canberra to take on the ACT XI in the curtain raiser to the Prime Minister’s Match on Wednesday 15th February, 2017 at Manuka Oval. .
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