27 Mar 2012

Sport: PNG seeking big-name opponents

12:01 pm on 27 March 2012

After a challenging fortnight in Dubai, Cricket Papua New Guinea is on the lookout for more regular top-level matches to try and take the team to the next level.

The Barramundi's finished eighth in the 16 team Twenty20 qualifying tournament, from which Afghanistan and Ireland earnt a spot at the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka later this year.

Cricket PNG's General Manager Greg Campbell says the Barramundi's players had high expectations in Dubai and returned home somewhat disappointed.

"Every game we were in went down to either the last ball or...the Netherlands game might have got away from us a little bit but even the Afghanistan the first up they got them in the 19th over and chasing Canada, 167, we fell about five or six runs short. Every game the boys were right up to their necks in it and it just goes to show that cricket awareness is what Cricket PNG need - we've got the ability we just need more games around the world."

Greg Campbell says they've already had some positive feedback with Bangladesh indicating they're keen to play against PNG when they're in Australia later this year.