Sport:PNG to play first 50 over match on home soil

12:56 pm on 28 May 2016

Cricket history will be made in Papua New Guinea today with the first international 50-over matches to be played on home soil.

The Barramundis take on Kenya in the first of two World Cricket League Championship matches at Amini Park in Port Moresby, which has undergone a major upgrade to meet ICC standard.

The General Manager of Cricket PNG, Greg Campbell said the team can't wait to play in front of their home fans.

"It's a momentous occasion and a historic occasion - the first ever international game held in PNG...and the game is going to be broadcast on NBC, one of the local stations, live (so) potentially there's eight million people who will see their national team play cricket and for some of them or nearly 90 percent of them it will be for the first time ever and it will be 100 percent first time ever on their home ground so everyone is really excited, there's been a lot of work put in by our sponsors and the PNG community to help get the ground up to the ICC standard and we've got it to there so we're looking forward to the next three or four days.

Kenya coach Thomas Odoyo feels his team is well prepared after spending some time in Darwin en route to PNG.

"The weather more or less is similar to here, slightly cooler obviously but it's more like the same humid weather. So we played three games there against Northern Territory Cricket - won one, lost two."

"I think we are in good touch, we just needed that tour of Darwin to get the guys going again because it's been raining heavily in Kenya so we really haven't had much of a run so I'm happy the way things are going: the guys have had a run and we've worked out the combinations that we need," Odoyo said.

Both Kenya and Papua New Guinea could move to the top of the orld Cricket League standings if they win both matches over the next three days.