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PNG To Take On Hong Kong In ODI Series

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea will make their ODI debut against Hong Kong in November
Hong Kong celebrate
Hong Kong beat Bangladesh in the ICC World T20 and face PNG in Townsville, Queensland

Papua New Guinea will play their first One-Day Internationals when they take on Hong Kong in a two-match series in Townsville, Australia, in November.

Both sides were awarded ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following the ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand in February.

Hong Kong (15th) are ranked one place above PNG (16th) in the rankings and this will be their first ODI series since the qualifier.

After ODIs on 8th and 9th November, the two sides will play a three-day game beginning on 11th November.

"We want to be performing on the world stage against the big boys in the next five years and regular, quality international cricket is critical to achieving this aim," PNG coach Dipak Patel said.

"As our first official ODI matches, the Digicel ODI series is the starting point of the next phase in Cricket PNG’s evolution," he added.

Townsville's Tony Ireland Stadium will host the series and it recently became Australia's 10th ICC-accredited international venue.

Hong Kong v PNG

8th November: 1st ODI, Townsville, Queensland
9th November: 2nd ODI, Townsville, Queensland

11th-13th November: Three-day game, Townsville, Queensland

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