The National, Monday November 11th, 2013
THE Papua New Guinea Barramundis team arrived in Brisbane on Saturday night from Western Australia after five weeks preparing for the ICC World T20 Series.
They then flew Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for the tournament which begins tomorrow to and ends on November 24.
Barramundi’s then checked into their hotel Chelsea Tower Hotel Apartment and had a brief morning pool session at 9am then at 10am a brief meeting for the team and their coach Peter Anderson speaking to the players as well as the Barramundis national team management.
Former Barramundis captain Rarua Dikana gave the team some encouraging words.
He called on the senior players step up and lead the side with bat and ball.
Dikana called for the side to play with passion and to their strengths as PNG aim to qualify for their first top tier world cricket tournament.
Dikana, once holding the accolade as the most accurate bowler in the International Cricket Councils second tier nations, urged the players to concentrate more and do everything right as the Barramundis prepare to face their biggest challenge yet.
The Barramundis will be led by batsman Chris Amini and will rely on a senior core made up of Geraint Jones, Assad Vala, Kila Pala and Mahuru Dai.
Jones, a former England wicketkeeper will play solely as a batsman while Jack vare, who is the vice captain will take his place behind the stumps.