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08-May-2024 04:35:00 GMT
ICC T20 World Cup 2024

Papua New Guinea stick to experience in T20 World Cup 2024 squad

Ready for their second appearance at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, Papua New Guinea have named their 15-member squad set to feature in Group C at the tournament.

As he did at the 2021 edition of the tournament, Assad Vala leads the Barramundis, who sealed their spot for this year's competition via the East Asia-Pacific regional final in July 2023.

Vala is one of 10 players from their 2021 campaign, with 2021 reserve member Jack Gardner this time picked in the 15-player group. Leg-spinning all-rounder CJ Amini will deputise Vala as vice-captain.

The skipper admits the side are more prepared for this year's tilt after dealing with Covid complications in 2021, and has high hopes this time around in the Caribbean.

Papua New Guinea squad:
Assadollah Vala (c), CJ Amini (vc), Alei Nao, Chad Soper, Hila Vare, Hiri Hiri, Jack Gardner, John Kariko, Kabua Vagi Morea, Kipling Doriga, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Sema Kamea, Sese Bau, Tony Ura.

Papua New Guinea went unbeaten in qualifying for the event, winning six matches on the bounce on home soil to brush aside challengers Japan, Vanuatu and the Philippines in the regional final.

Taking over from former Australia international Nathan Reardon who travels as an assistant coach, recently-appointed head coach and ex-Zimbabwe keeper Tatenda Taibu has rewarded the bulk of the squad that secured qualification with a seat on the plane to the West Indies.

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