Vanuatu will play 'exciting and entertaining cricket' at 2020 ICC World T20 EAP Qualifier

Vanuatu will be up against PNG at ICC World T20 EAP Qualifier
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Vanuatu will head into the 2020 ICC World T20 – East Asia Pacific Qualifier Group ‘A’ 2018 in Fiji focussing on teamwork to set them up for a successful tournament.

Captain Andrew Mansale believes this will be the key to them executing their plans in the tournament and gaining one of the two available spots in the regional final next year.

“I believe we have a very good team and we have been training hard but it will all come down to how well we work together as a team,” Mansale said.

“T20 is the explosive format of cricket so we need our players to be on top of their game both physically and skills wise and we have been working hard on both aspects of the game.”

“I expect the boys to perform to the best of their abilities as individuals and as a team because like all other teams, our end goal is to win the tournament,” Mansale concluded.

Coach Shane Deitz agrees and said that his expectations for the team are to “play exciting, entertaining and smart cricket because the tournament will be extremely competitive, and we need to be at our best in every department.”

Deitz also believes that there is great depth in his team but is hoping the more experienced players like Patrick Matautaava and Andrew Mansale will take the lead and encourage match winning performances from their fellow team mates.

Vanuatu know that every match will be vital and therefore hope to leave a lasting impression in their opening match against Fiji.

“We are both very competitive in nature and it will be an interesting match but we are motivated to play good cricket against Fiji and we won’t let anything hold us back from executing our game plans,” Mansale said.

Mansale’s biggest goal for the tournament is for upcoming players to gain exposure and experience that will propel them towards more opportunities to play a higher level of cricket overseas.

“We have some outstanding cricketers in the team and they deserve to be in this competition, not just to gain experience but also to hopefully get further opportunities after this tournament,” he concluded.

Vanuatu will take on hosts Fiji, as well as Samoa and PNG in the double-round robin tournament.

The tournament will commence on Saturday August 25th and conclude on Thursday August 30th. Live scores will be available on https://www.icc-cricket.com.