Papua New Guinea national cricket team

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Papua New Guinea
Flag of Papua New Guinea
Flag of Papua New Guinea
ICC membership granted 1973
ICC member status Associate member with ODI status
ICC development region East Asia/Pacific
World Cricket League division Two
Captain Jack Vare[1]
Coach New ZealandDipak Patel[2]
First recorded match 30 March 1972 v Australia at Amini Park, Port Moresby
List A cricket
List A matches played 20
List A wins/losses 9/11
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 8 (First in 1979)
Best result 3rd place, 1982
As of 2 February 2014

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,[3] having made their international debut the previous year.[4] They gained ODI status by finishing 4th in 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[5]

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.[4][6] They have also played in every ICC Trophy tournament.[7] They currently hold the world record for the highest score in an one-day match, 572/7 against New Caledonia in 2007.[8]



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.[4]

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[4] in 1972.[9]

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 more than half of the PNG national cricket team is from Hanuabada village.[citation needed]

ICC membership[edit]

Papua New Guinea became an associate member of the ICC in 1973,[3] shortly before the country gained independence in 1975.[4] The West Indies cricket team visited the country that year, beating the national side by four wickets.[10] The team for that match contained six indigenous players, and from this point on, indigenous players began to dominate the national team.[4]

They played in the first ICC Trophy in 1979, though they failed to progress beyond the first round.[11] 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.[4][6] After a tour of Australia in 1981,[12] Papua New Guinea had their best international performance in the 1982 ICC Trophy where they finished third after beating Bangladesh in a play-off.[13]

Papua New Guinea again failed to progress beyond the first round at the 1986 ICC Trophy,[14] though they did record the highest total in the tournament's history in their match against Gibraltar.[15] They bounced back to win the gold medal at the South Pacific Games in New Caledonia the following year.[4] They reached the second round of the 1990 ICC Trophy in the Netherlands[16] and the gold medal when they hosted the South Pacific Games in 1991.[4]

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.[17] 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.[4]

Modern era[edit]

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.[18] 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.[4] In-between the two ACC Trophy tournaments, Papua New Guinea finished 13th in the 1997 ICC Trophy.[19] They failed to progress beyond the first round of the 2001 tournament in Ontario.[20] They finished third in the 2001 Pacifica Cup[21] and won the same event in 2002, beating Tonga in the final.[22]

They again won the gold medal at cricket tournament of the 2003 South Pacific Games,[23] 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.[24] This qualified them for the 2005 ICC Trophy, where they finished 11th.[25] In 2007, Papua New Guinea played in Division Three of the World Cricket League in Darwin where they finished third.[26] They played in the cricket tournament of the 2007 South Pacific Games, where they again won the gold medal.[6]

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.[27] 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.[28] As a result, they participated in the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE in October.

ODI and T20I status[edit]

Papua New Guinea finished 4th in the final qualifying tournament for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, in New Zealand in 2014. While missing out on qualification for the World Cup, their final position allowed them to gain One Day International (ODI) status for the first time.[29] By having ODI status, the International Cricket Council (ICC) also granted Papua New Guinea Twenty20 International (T20I) status.[30]

The team played their first ODI match in a two-match series against Hong Kong in Australia in November 2014.[31] They won the first by 4 wickets, the second by 3 wickets.

Papua New Guinea's first scheduled T20I match was against Hong Kong on 13 July 2015 at the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. However the match was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain, with no toss taking place.[32] They played their first full match two days later, against Ireland, beating them by 2 wickets.[33] With their victory against Nepal on 17 July, they became the first team to qualify for the play-off section of the tournament.[34]

Papua New Guinea lost its ICC T20 International status after it crashed out from the race of qualification into next year's ICC World Twenty20 slated to be held in India. Papua New Guinea finished 8th during the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier being held in Ireland and Scotland. Papua New Guinea must have secured berth for the next World T20 finals in order to retain its T20I status.

Papua New Guinea Cricket Board[edit]

Papua New Guinea Cricket Board is the official governing body of the sport of cricket in Papua New Guinea. Its current headquarters is in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea Cricket Board is Papua New Guinea's representative at the International Cricket Council and is an associate member and has been a member of that body since 1973. It is also a member of the East Asia-Pacific Cricket Council.

Home ground[edit]

Amini Park[edit]

Amini Park is a cricket ground in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.[35][36] The ground is named for the Amini family, several of whom have played cricket for Papua New Guinea,[37] the ground has seen the men's team play Australia, the West Indies and Victoria.

The women's team played Japan in a three match series at the ground in September 2006.[38]

Tournament history[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
England 1975 Did not qualify
England 1979 Did not qualify
England 1983 Did not qualify
IndiaPakistan 1987 Did not qualify
Australia New Zealand 1992 Did not qualify
India Pakistan Sri Lanka 1996 Did not qualify
England 1999 Did not qualify
South Africa 2003 Did not qualify
West Indies Cricket Board 2007 Did not qualify
India Sri Lanka Bangladesh 2011 Did not qualify
Australia New Zealand 2015 Did not qualify
England 2019 -
Total 0 Titles 0/10 0 0 0 0 0

ICC World Twenty20[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
South Africa 2007 Did not qualify
England 2009 Did not qualify
West Indies Cricket Board 2010 Did not qualify
Sri Lanka 2012 Did not qualify
Bangladesh 2014 Did not qualify
India 2016 -
Total 0 Titles 0/10 0 0 0 0 0

ICC World Cricket League[edit]

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier[edit]

ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (ICC Trophy)[edit]

ICC EAP Cricket Trophy[edit]

Pacifica Cup[edit]

South Pacific Games[edit]

  • 1979: Gold medal[4]
  • 1987: Gold medal[4]
  • 1991: Gold medal[4]
  • 2003: Gold medal[23]
  • 2007: Gold medal[6]
  • 2011: Gold medal

ACC Trophy[edit]

  • 1996: Semi final[18]
  • 1998: First round[4]
  • 2000 onwards: Not taken part as now part of the East Asia/Pacific region[4]


One Day Internationals[edit]

ODI records versus other nations
Opposition M W L Tie NR Win% First Win
 Hong Kong 2 2 0 0 0 100.00% 8 November 2014

Twenty20 Internationals[edit]

T20I records versus other nations
Opposition M W L Tie+W Tie+L NR Win% First Win
 Hong Kong 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00%
 Ireland 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00% 15 July 2015
   Nepal 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00% 17 July 2015

ICC Trophy[edit]

  • Highest team total: 455/9 v Gibraltar, 18 June 1986 (Tournament record)[15]
  • Highest individual score: 162 by T Souter v Israel, 20 June 1986[43]
  • Best innings bowling: 5/12 by W Maha v Gibraltar, 18 June 1986[44]


  • Highest team total: 572/7 v New Caledonia, 31 August 2007 (World record)[8]
  • Highest individual score: 162 by B Harry v Israel, 20 June 1986[4]
  • Best innings bowling: 8/27 by Mea Steven v New Hebrides, 1979[4]


Current squad[edit]

The following table lists the 14 players in Papua New Guinea's squad for the 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Two.[45]
Name Age Batting style Bowling style ODI matches FC matches Notes
Chris Amini 31 RHB RM 0 0
Mahuru Dai 31 RHB RM 0 0
Christopher Kent 23 RHB LB 0 0
Kila Pala 29 LHB LM 0 0 Occasional WK
Asad Vala 28 LHB OB 0 0
Vani Morea 22 RHB RM 0 0
Andrew McIntosh 35 RHB LB 0 0
Jason Kila 25 LHB SLO 0 0
Tony Ura 25 RHB 0 0
Geraint Jones 39 RHB 34 159 Played for England
Jack Vare 29 RHB 0 0
Rarua Dikana 36 RHB RM 0 0 Captain
Hitolo Areni 34 RHB RFM 0 0
Willie Gavera 26 RHB RF 0 0
Raymond Haoda 23 RHB RMF 0 0

Other players[edit]

In addition to those listed above, the following Papua New Guinea players have played List A cricket:

Future tournaments[edit]

See also[edit]


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  49. ^ Toka Gaudi at CricketArchive
  50. ^ Gima Keimolo at CricketArchive
  51. ^ Kauna Vagi at CricketArchive