Sport: PNG cricketers switch focus

10:07 am on 20 June 2015

Having created history by winning their first ever four-day cricket international, Papua New Guinea will return to the familiar surroundings of the limited overs game next week.

The PNG Barramundi's team at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby before departing for Europe.

PNG's cricket team Photo: Cricket PNG

The Barramundi's beat the Netherlands by five wickets in Amsterdam in their debut appearance in the Intercontinental Cup, with Assad Vala's unbeaten century earning him man of the match honours.

Head coach Dipak Patel admits some more exposure in the longer form of the game would have been welcomed.

"It would have been very nice to perhaps play another four-day international game a week later. That would have been even more, from our development point of view, far more beneficial but that's just the reality of international cricket for us in the next couple of months and we've got to adapt. The players are a lot more comfortable playing one-day cricket so we will put the pajamas back on next week and we will get to Rotterdam and train and try and get our one-day game into order as well."

PNG will play the Netherlands on Monday and Wednesday, as part of the ICC World Cricket League, from which the top two teams will advance to the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.