30 Jan 2014

Sport: PNG cricketers focusing on the positives

2:05 pm on 30 January 2014

Papua New Guinea accept it would take a minor miracle for them to win a berth at next year's Cricket World Cup but insist there are still plenty of positives to glean from the current qualifying tournament.

The Barramundi's must beat Hong Kong in their final Super Six match on Thursday and hope the UAE or Scotland lose heavily to have any chance of nabbing a top-two finish.

Assistant coach Rarua Dikana says all they can focus on is winning their match well and see what happens.

"Even though we don't qualify for the World Cup it puts us in a place where we can play more and more often against these quality sides, especially if we get ODI status that will be a big achievement for us and more opportunities for these boys to play at the highest level and developing their game and come [the] next qualifying series we will be a better side".

Rarua Dikana says PNG are eying a dose of revenge against Hong Kong, who beat them in November to deny them a berth at the World Twenty20 Championship in March.