National Coach Joe Dawes made this statement at a press conference this morning in Port Moresby.
The Curtain Brothers T20 Cricket PNG Smash started this morning with four teams in the competition; ODG Mariners, Trak Pro Mud Men, Toyota Cassowaries and Hastings Deering Black Bass.
Coach Dawes said the young men have to outshine their colleagues if they want to be part of the national team that will be taking part in a tri-Series with Scotland and Oman, to be played from the 14th - 21st August in Aberdeen, Scotland.
“This tournament will form a part of the selection for that tour,” said Dawes. “So we’re picking a team later on this week so the first couple of games are really important for the boys to get themselves into that group and there’s a couple of spots up for grabs.
“So the four franchises, building on the success we had last year, rebranding the competition this year to the ‘CPNG T20 Smash’, which Curtain Brothers got behind which is fantastic.
“Each team will play each other twice for the next two weeks and then first place at the end of that will go straight into the grand final, and second and third will play off for a spot in that final on our finals day on August 3rd.”
The Scotland tour is the start of the qualification process for all teams in the ICC Men’s World Cup League 2 for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
“Scotland’s the first leg of nine tours that we’ll have over the next two-and-a-half years in the ODI league 2.”