Sthalekar, a right handed all-rounder, was rated the leading all-rounder in the world when rankings were first introduced.
The two-time International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup winner (2005 and 2013) will travel to Port Moresby with other international cricket stars to participate in the Pacific MMI ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ Legends Big Bash.
No stranger to ICC global success, Sthalekar is particularly keen on speaking to the PNG women’s national cricket team and recent ICC East Asia Pacific winners, the City Pharmacy Ltd. (CPL) PNG Lewas.
“It will be my first time to travel to PNG, I’ve always wanted to visit and I am really looking forward to this trip,” Sthalekar said.
“I am particularly keen on visiting the school cricket programs in PNG as well as meeting the Lewas, who were coached by my mentor and former team mate Cathryn Fitzpatrick, in their recent ICC EAP Qualifier in Samoa.
“I’ve heard great things about the girls and would like to share my experience and any insight on what they need to do in their campaign to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup next year.”
Following Australia’s World Cup win in 2013, Sthalekar announced her retirement from international cricket though she still plays domestic cricket with the New South Wales Breakers.
The cricket star will attend the four-day event as part of Cricket PNG’s program to expose its best cricket players to international players and create a vision of what they need to do to play at an elite level.