PNG Barras coach excited ahead of series against Hong Kong

PORT MORESBY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Hebou PNG Barramundis head coach, Joe Dawes is excited ahead of the Hebou International Series from October 1-12 in Port Moresby.

Cricket PNG officially announced that Hong Kong will be travelling to Port Moresby to compete in the 2018 Hebou International Series which will comprise of a T20 and a 50 Over Series.

Dawes said: “I am really excited about this series as it is another step in our progress for the year.

“After a successful Fiji trip we have been looking forward to testing ourselves against better opposition in Hong Kong.

“We won our last game against them in Zimbabwe but struggled against them in Dubai last year.

“I see this as a good gauge to assess the work we have put in over the time since Zimbabwe.

“It is also another opportunity for our young guys in both teams to put their hand up for selection and contracts moving forward.”

The T20 Series will take place from October 1-7, featuring the Hebou PNG Barramundis, Hong Kong and the CPNG Academy XI.

Each team will play each other twice with the top two teams playing off in the final on October 7.

The three-match 50 Over Series will take place straight after the T20 Series between the Hebou PNG Barramundis and Hong Kong on October 9-12.

“In the T20 we are looking to consolidate on the progress made in Fiji to how we want to play and structure our game,” Dawes said.

“With the 50 Over stuff we struggled in this format in recent times so it is an opportunity to work out our structure and game in that format as we head into the new ICC competition cycle.

“They (Hong Kong) are a good side shown by their recent performance against India in the Asia Cup.

“It is a good challenge for us against their spinners and this is an area we have worked hard on.

“ I have known Cookie (Simon Cook, Hong Kong Coach) for 15 years so it is always great to catch up and share ideas and talk about how we can work together to benefit both countries.

“I am really excited by the academy team and what it offers CPNG moving forward.

“The academy is an important part of our new pathway and the more opportunities we can give our pathway players the stronger our cricket will become.

“Two (players are still eligible for the next u19 World Cup so this is a fantastic opportunity for them to learn from the senior players and take these learning back to U-19 cricket.”

For the first time, CPNG have included the CPNG academy XI team in an international series.

The CPNG academy XI will feature in the Hebou International T20 Series.

PNG and Hong Kong have had a friendly rivalry over the years with both teams climbing the rankings together, obtaining ODI Status at the same time and playing in WCLC/ICUP fixtures.

This will also be Hong Kong’s second time to visit PNG after they competed in the Air Niugini Series in 2012.

The Hebou International T20 Series will start on October 1 with CPNG Academy XI taking on Hong Kong in the morning match while the CPNG Academy XI will take on the Barramundis in the afternoon match.

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