ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Papua New Guinea - Team Preview

Papua New Guinea team in action
Papua New Guinea team in action
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Papua New Guinea have managed to reach the ICC Qualifiers 2018 tournament in Zimbabwe after finishing fourth in the World Cricket League Championship held between 2015 and 2017.

They had a mixed tournament winning eight and losing six but their efforts proved just enough as they finished fourth that saw them make it to the Qualifiers for the second time in a row after previously making it in the 2014 edition. National Coach Joe Dawes came up with a rigorous training schedule and they also add the services of Adelaide Strikers' leg-spinner Liam O’Connor to aid them in their preparations.

Sese Bau with 446 runs from 13 games and Norman Vanua with 23 wickets from 11 matches were the standout performers for the side and will continue to be key members in the squad if they are to go a distance.

For the best latest betting odds with Betfred you will find that Papua New Guinea have little chance of reaching the final stages of the tournament, however, it will certainly be valuable experience for the squad taking part in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018

Group: They need to overcome West Indies, Netherlands, Ireland and United Arab Emirates having clustered in Group A and finish in top three if they are to make it to the Super Six.

Fixtures:

v United Arab Emirates, Harare Sports Club, 4th March
v Ireland, Harare Sports Club, 6th March
v West Indies, Old Hararians, Harare, 8th March
v Netherlands, Old Hararians, Harare, 10th March

Squad:

Assadollah Vala (captain), Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Mahuru Dai, Kiplin Doriga, Jason Kila, Vani Morea, Alei Nao, Damien Ravu, John Reva, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Tony Ura, Norman Vanua, Jack Vare

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