Assad Vala

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Assad Vala
Personal information
Full nameAsadollah Vala
Born (1987-08-05) 5 August 1987 (age 31)
Papua New Guinea
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 10)8 November 2014 v Hong Kong
Last ODI27 April 2019 v United States
T20I debut (cap 9)15 July 2015 v Ireland
Last T20I24 March 2019 v Vanuatu
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 18 9 7 48
Runs scored 373 139 700 1,231
Batting average 20.72 17.37 63.63 27.35
100s/50s 0/2 0/0 3/3 1/7
Top score 70 34* 144* 105*
Balls bowled 696 95 341 900
Wickets 17 7 5 26
Bowling average 25.00 15.00 33.20 23.23
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/20 2/7 2/80 3/20
Catches/stumpings 9/– 7/– 6/– 20/–
Source: Cricinfo, 27 April 2019

Assad Vala (born 5 August 1987) is a Papua New Guinean cricketer and the captain of the national side.[1][2] A left-handed batsman and off spin bowler, he has played for the Papua New Guinea national cricket team since 2005.[3]

Early career[edit]

Born in Papua New Guinea in 1987,[3] Assad Vala first represented Papua New Guinea at Under-19 level, playing in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.[4] He made his debut for the senior side at the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland, where he played his seven List A matches.[5]

He returned to Under-19 level later in the year, playing in the Africa/East Asia-Pacific Under-19 Championship at Willowmoore Park in Benoni, South Africa. In 2006, he played for a combined East Asia Pacific team in the Australian National Country Cricket Championship, an event he has repeated in 2007 and 2008.[4]

In 2007, he played in Division Three of the World Cricket League in Darwin and he represented his country at the 2007 South Pacific Games,[4] where he won a gold medal in the cricket tournament.[6]

International career[edit]

He made his One Day International debut for Papua New Guinea on 8 November 2014 against Hong Kong in Australia.[7] He made his Twenty20 International debut for Papua New Guinea against Ireland in the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament on 15 July 2015.[8]

In June 2015 on his first-class cricket debut, he scored a match-winning 124 not out for Papua New Guinea against the Netherlands in the 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup.[9] He scored three hundreds in his first four matches, also making centuries against Ireland (120) and Namibia (144 not out). [10]

In February 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Vala as one of the ten players to watch ahead of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.[11] In June 2018, at the Papua New Guinea Cricket Awards, he won the Tony Elly Medal for the best male player.[12]

In August 2018, he was named as the captain of Papua New Guinea's squad for Group A of the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 East Asia-Pacific Qualifier tournament.[13] He was the leading run-scorer in Group A of the tournament, with 294 runs in six matches.[14] In March 2019, he was named as the captain of Papua New Guinea's squad for the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 East Asia-Pacific Qualifier tournament.[15] The following month, he was named captain of Papua New Guinea's squad for the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia.[16]


  1. ^ "Assad Vala". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ "PNG squad for Inter-continental Cup match against Namibia". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b CricketArchive profile
  4. ^ a b c Other matches played by Asad Vala Archived 18 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine at CricketArchive
  5. ^ List A matches played by Asad Vala at CricketArchive
  6. ^ Points table for the 2007 South Pacific Games cricket tournament at CricketArchive
  7. ^ "Hong Kong tour of Australia, 1st ODI: Papua New Guinea v Hong Kong at Townsville, Nov 8, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  8. ^ "ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, 23rd Match, Group A: Ireland v Papua New Guinea at Belfast, Jul 15, 2015". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  9. ^ "ICC Intercontinental Cup, Netherlands v Papua New Guinea at Amstelveen, Jun 16-18, 2015". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  10. ^ "ICC Intercontinental Cup Results". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  11. ^ "10 stars to look out for at CWCQ". International Cricket Council. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Assad Vala, Pauke Siaka win top PNG Cricket awards". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Squads and fixtures announced for 2020 ICC World T20 - EAP Group 'A' 2018". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  14. ^ "ICC World Twenty20 East Asia-Pacific Region Qualifier A, 2018, Most Runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Squads and Fixtures Announced for 2020 ICC Men's T20 World Cup EAP Final 2019". Cricket Philippines. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Barras on a mission". The National (Papua New Guinea). Retrieved 3 April 2019.

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