Papua New Guinea national cricket team
|Papua New Guinea|
|ICC membership granted||1973|
|ICC member status||Associate member|
|ICC development region||East Asia/Pacific|
|World Cricket League division||Two|
|First recorded match||30 March 1972 v Australia at Amini Park, Port Moresby|
|List A cricket|
|List A matches played||7|
|List A wins/losses||2/5|
|ICC World Cup Qualifier|
|Appearances||8 (First in 1979)|
|Best result||3rd place, 1982|
|As of 5 July 2008|
The Papua New Guinea national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Papua New Guinea in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1973, having made their international debut the previous year.
They are the strongest team in the ICC's East Asia/Pacific region, having won the gold medal in the South Pacific Games cricket tournament on all five occasions it has taken place. They have also played in every ICC Trophy tournament. They currently hold the world record for the highest score in an international one-day match, 572/7 against New Caledonia in 2007.
- 1 History
- 2 The future
- 3 Records
- 4 Players
- 5 See also
- 6 References
Cricket was introduced to the Territory of Papua by missionaries in the 1890s, and the local population soon took up the game. Matches were not always played to strict rules, with teams of more than fifty players a common occurrence. Cricket did not arrive in the Territory of New Guinea until Australia took over the administration of the territory under a United Nations mandate.
Cricket in rural areas tended to be played mostly by the indigenous population, whilst in urban areas such as Port Moresby the game was played mostly by the British and Australian expatriate population, and a competition for clubs in the city was started in 1937. A team of nine expatriate and two indigenous players played in Papua New Guinea's first international, against Australia in 1972.
Since its beginnings cricket was picked up naturally in the Motuan areas of Papua New Guinea, most recognisably the village of Hanuabada. Hanuabada village is located on the outer suburbs of Port Moresby, here cricket is played everyday from small children to their national stars, every afternoon the streets are flooded with boys playing cricket, this was also where the Liklik Kricket Competition was started in PNG. It may be for these reasons why more than half of the PNG national cricket team is from Hanuabada village.
Papua New Guinea became an associate member of the ICC in 1973, shortly before the country gained independence in 1975. The West Indies cricket team visited the country that year, beating the national side by four wickets. The team for that match contained six indigenous players, and from this point on, indigenous players began to dominate the national team.
They played in the first ICC Trophy in 1979, though they failed to progress beyond the first round. They won the gold medal at the first South Pacific Games cricket tournament later in the year and have won the gold medal every time since. After a tour of Australia in 1981, Papua New Guinea had their best international performance in the 1982 ICC Trophy where they finished third after beating Bangladesh in a play-off.
Papua New Guinea again failed to progress beyond the first round at the 1986 ICC Trophy, though they did record the highest total in the tournament's history in their match against Gibraltar. They bounced back to win the gold medal at the South Pacific Games in New Caledonia the following year. They reached the second round of the 1990 ICC Trophy in the Netherlands and the gold medal when they hosted the South Pacific Games in 1991.
They reached the plate final of the 1994 ICC Trophy, but did not play the match as they had already booked a flight home, not expecting to qualify. This has been an occasional problem for Papua New Guinea, as flights to and from the country are infrequent. They also left the 1998 ACC Trophy in Nepal early after losing their first two games, forfeiting their match against the Maldives as otherwise they would have had to have waited more than a week for the next flight. This has also meant they have rarely played overseas outside of official tournaments, the only exceptions being a visit to Fiji in 1977, a tour of Hong Kong in the early 1980s and the aforementioned tour of Australia.
Another international outlet for Papua New Guinea team opened up in 1996 when they participated in the first ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur. They reached the semi-final, where they lost to Bangladesh. They played in the tournament again in 1998, but left the tournament early. They have not played in the tournament since due to the establishment of the ICC's East Asia/Pacific development region. In-between the two ACC Trophy tournaments, Papua New Guinea finished 13th in the 1997 ICC Trophy. They failed to progress beyond the first round of the 2001 tournament in Ontario. They finished third in the 2001 Pacifica Cup and won the same event in 2002, beating Tonga in the final.
They again won the gold medal at cricket tournament of the 2003 South Pacific Games, and in 2005 played in the repêchage tournament of the 2005 ICC Trophy. They won the tournament after beating regional rivals Fiji in the final. This qualified them for the 2005 ICC Trophy, where they finished 11th. In 2007, Papua New Guinea played in Division Three of the World Cricket League in Darwin where they finished third. They played in the cricket tournament of the 2007 South Pacific Games, where they again won the gold medal.
In late January 2009, Papua New Guinea travelled to Buenos Aires to take part in Division Three of the World Cricket League where they played Argentina, the Cayman Islands, Uganda and the top two teams from Division Four in 2008. A top two finish in this tournament would have qualified them for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier in South Africa later in 2009, from which they could have qualified for the 2011 World Cup. Papua New Guinea narrowly missed qualification, ending up in third place behind Afghanistan and Uganda.
It was third time lucky for Papua New Guinea when they contested Division Three of the World Cricket League in January 2011. Winning their first 4 matches of the tournament, they had assured themselves a top two finish, before losing the final round robin match and then the final, both against Hong Kong.
In April 2011, Papua New Guinea took part in Division Two of the World Cricket League, held in the United Arab Emirates and came third, thus qualifying for the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.
In February 2013, Papua New Guinea travelled to Auckland, New Zealand for the EAP Championship and went through the group stages unbeaten before defeating Vanuatu in the final. As a result they will now participate in the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE in October.
ICC World Cricket League
- 2007: Division Three 3rd place
- 2009: Division Three 3rd place
- 2011: Division Three 2nd place
- 2011: Division Two 3rd place
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
- 1979: First round
- 1982: 3rd place
- 1986: First round
- 1990: Second round
- 1994: Reached plate final but did not take part
- 1997: 13th place
- 2001: First round
- 2005: 11th place
ICC EAP Cricket Trophy
South Pacific Games
- 1979: Gold medal
- 1987: Gold medal
- 1991: Gold medal
- 2003: Gold medal
- 2007: Gold medal
- 2011: Gold medal
- 1996: Semi final
- 1998: First round
- 2000 onwards: Not taken part as now part of the East Asia/Pacific region
- Highest team total: 455/9 v Gibraltar, 18 June 1986 (Tournament record)
- Highest individual score: 162 by B Harry v Israel, 20 June 1986
- Best innings bowling: 5/12 by W Maha v Gibraltar, 18 June 1986
- Highest team total: 572/7 v New Caledonia, 31 August 2007 (World record)
- Highest individual score: 162 by B Harry v Israel, 20 June 1986
- Best innings bowling: 8/27 by Mea Steven v New Hebrides, 1979
- The following table lists the 14 players in Papua New Guinea's squad for the 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Two.
|Name||Age||Batting style||Bowling style||ODI matches||FC matches||Notes|
|Kila Pala||27||LHB||LM||0||0||Occasional wicket-keeper|
|Geraint Jones||37||RHB||34||159||Played for England National Cricket Team|
In addition to those listed above, the following Papua New Guinea players have played List A cricket:
- Geraint Jones, who has played Test cricket for England, was born in Papua New Guinea, and will play for the team in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.
- Inoa Baeau
- Jamie Brazier
- Toka Gaudi
- Gima Keimolo
- Peter Moide
- Ipi Morea
- John Ovia
- Arua Uda
- Kauna Vagi
- Papua New Guinea at CricketArchive
- Encyclopedia of World Cricket by Roy Morgan, Sportsbooks Publishing, 2007
- 2007 South Pacific Games cricket tournament at CricketEurope
- List of Papua New Guinea ICC Trophy matches at CricketArchive
- Papua New Guinea run riot by Andrew Nixon, 1 September 2007 at CricketEurope
- Australia XI in Papua New Guinea 1971/72 at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Papua New Guinea v West Indies, 23 October 1975 at CricketArchive
- 1979 ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
- Papua New Guinea in Australia 1980/81 at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Bangladesh v Papua New Guinea, 9 July 1982 at CricketArchive
- 1986 ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
- Team totals of 300 and more in an innings in the ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
- 1990 ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 1 March 1994 at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Bangladesh v Papua New Guinea, 13 September 1996 at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Papua New Guinea v Singapore, 5 April 1997 at CricketArchive
- 2001 ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Papua New Guinea v Tonga, 8 February 2001 at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Papua New Guinea v Tonga, 5 June 2002 at CricketArchive
- 2003 South Pacific Games cricket tournament official website
- Scorecard of Fiji v Papua New Guinea, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Papua New Guinea v Uganda, 11 July 2005 at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Cayman Islands v Papua New Guinea, 2 June 2007 at CricketArchive
- World Cricket League Structure 2006–2009
- , Accessed 29 March 2013
-  Cricinfo, Accessed 29 March 2013
-  Cricinfo, Accessed 29 March 2013
- Individual scores of 100 and more in an innings for Papua New Guinea in the ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
- Five or more wickets in an innings for Papua New Guinea in the ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
- "Teams gear up for WCL Division 2". ESPNcricinfo. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
- Geraint Jones at CricketArchive
- CricketEurope – Geraint Jones to play for Papua New Guinea
- Inoa Baeau at CricketArchive
- Toka Gaudi at CricketArchive
- Gima Keimolo at CricketArchive
- Kauna Vagi at CricketArchive