6 Sep 2014

Sport: Former Sri Lanka batsman keen to help PNG players

9:43 am on 6 September 2014

Former Sri Lankan batsman Asanka Gurusinha says he would be more than happy to take some of Papua New Guinea's cricketers under his wing over the summer.

Gurusinha was a part of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup winning team and visited PNG last week to hold coaching clinics and compete in the annual T20 Big Bash.

He lives in Melbourne and says, while he doesn't have much involvement with the sport these days, he's happy to help some of the Barramundi's players if they want to come and play in Australia.

"Trying to get some players down, young players to come and play in Victoria in District Cricket and try to get some experience through that. I can support them there, I can do some specialist batting coaching lessons with them plus get them into training with the Big Bash sides, with the Victorian team, and get that experience of how a State side in Australia go through their training programmes and get to know how much work these guys will have to put in. Especially when they're just about to sign some full-time contracts."

Asanka Gurusinha says he is impressed by the progress the PNG team has made recently and is happy to help where he can.