Barras squad announced

The Hebou PNG Barramundis squad has been named for the 2018 World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe next month.

The Hebou PNG Barramundis:

1.         Assad Vala (Captain)

2.         Vani Vagi Morea

3.         Lega Siaka

4.         Tony Ura

5.         Sese Bau

6.         Mahuru Dai

7.         Damien Ravu

8.         John Boge Reva

9.         Alei Nao

10.       Jason Kila

11.       Chad Soper

12.       Kipling Doriga

13.       Norman Vanua

14.       Jack Vare-Kevere

15.       Charles Amini Jnr

Coach: Joe Dawes

“The World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe are arguably one of the most important tours in our recent history not just in terms of possible World Cup qualification but also in respect of cementing our ODI rankings for the future,” said CPNG chairman of selectors, Daniel Faunt.

“The Cricket PNG Selection Panel have selected a 15-man squad which comprises the core group of players who travelled to Dubai at the end of 2017.”

The 10 teams taking part in the Qualifier will be split into groups of five teams.

PNG is in Group A which is made up of the West Indies, Ireland, the Netherlands and winners of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.

Group B is formed by Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and runners-up of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.

The ten teams will be fighting for the two available spots available in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

“Notable exclusions from that tour include Nosiana Pokana, who was not eligible for selection and Dogodo Bau, who has missed selection also on basis that we have elected to include some variation within our bowling group.

“In that regard, we have selected Charles Amini Junior who provides us with a leg spinning option, middle order batting depth and dynamism in the field.

“We have also selected Jason Kila primarily due to his left arm orthodox spin capability which we feel is a missing piece of our attack.

“Jason’s pedigree as a batsman is also well known and he is an excellent fielder also.

“Both Charles and Jason will add variety to our Barramundi attack particularly in the spin bowling department which is an area we feel that has been lacking in recent times.”

Troy Taule