Barras to play curtain raiser at PM’s XI and Sri Lanka match

The Hebou PNG Barramundis will play ACT XI in the curtain raiser to the Prime Minister’s XI and Sri Lanka match next month at Manuka Oval, Canberra.

The news was announced by Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull.

The T20 double header will be played on February 15 with the Barramundis to take on ACT XI at 2:30pm followed by the Prime Minister’s XI and Sri Lanka encounter.

Chief Executive Officer for Cricket PNG, Greg Campbell said he was delighted at the opportunity given by Cricket Australia and the Australian Government to be a part of the annual Prime Minister’s XI fixture.

“This is an incredible achievement by CPNG to have the HEBOU PNG Barramundis be a part of this event filled with so much history.

 “A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scene to make this happen. We had Lega (Siaka) being selected in the actual Prime Minister’s XI a couple of years ago, but to have the whole Hebou PNG Barramundis take part in the curtain raiser against a strong ACT XI team will give another opportunity for the Barramundis to show their skill to a large audience.

 “We must thank Cricket Australia, Cricket ACT, NSW Cricket and the Australian Government for this wonderful opportunity. We hope that the PNG Government get behind CPNG and support our vision of hosting the Prime Minister’s XI fixture here at Amini Park (Port Moresby) in the future,” said Campbell.        

The announcement of the double header, continues Cricket Australia’s support to emerging nations, and further strengthens relationships between both Australia and Papua New Guinea.

In a lead up to this fixture, the Barramundis will take on the NSW XI in two 50 Over and one T20 match in Sydney.  

Troy Taule