CRICKET Australia will sending its Australian Indigenous national side to play a four-match series with two 50-over matches and two Twenty20 matches.
The matches will be played on a turf surface at the Amini Park in Port Moresby in early July.
Cricket PNG general manager Bill Leane announced the exciting news yesterday.
“The Cricket Australia Australian Indigenous XI will be an exceptionally strong and experienced XI,” Leane said.
“They will be captained by Dan Christian who is lighting up the Sheffield Shield and Ford Ranger Cup at present with the SA Redbacks.”
“He will be joined by current State listed players Preston White (Qld Bulls), Josh Lalor (NSW Blues), Worran Williams (Qld Bulls) and an exciting group of young highly skilled and experienced players who are in the Cricket Australia national indigenous development programme and who recently successfully toured England and played first class matches for an 8:2 win/loss record.”
“An international series played on home soil is a huge achievement for cricket in PNG.
“We must strongly thank NICAC (National Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee), Trevor Woodhead (NT Cricket), Vince Copley (co-chairman of NICAC) and the management of Cricket Australia (Damien Bown and Neale Price) and ICC EAP for ensuring that this event becomes a reality recognising the cultural and cricket links between PNG and Australia,” Leana said.
He said the Australian Indigenous X1 was a formidable opponent and our national team would be challenged in every facet of the game.
“Dan Christian is a super player and he made over 700 runs as captain on the tour of England,” PNG national coaching director Andy Bichel said.
“He potentially could be going to the World T20 World Cup at the end of April.”