Sport: PNG Barramundis back in action

1:34 pm on 8 February 2017

The PNG men's cricket team are scheduled to play their first competitive match in three months against a New South Wales XI in Sydney today.

The Barramundis last hit out was a three match ODI series against Hong Kong in November, which followed a successful home series against Namibia.

Head coach Dipak Patel said getting a consistent diet of cricket remains an ongoing challenge for his players.

PNG will play four limited overs matches over the next eight days, culminating in a T20 game against the ACT XI, in the curtain raiser to the Australian Prime Minister's XI game against Sri Lanka.

Dipak Patel said each game is another opportunity for development.

"It's sort of another step forward in terms of getting ourselves prepared for UAE, which is in middle of March, " he said.

"Playing against the New South Wales XI: their fringe players and some of their Under 19s - boys that are very close to playing futures league - so from our perspective any high standard of cricket, game of cricket, gives us another opportunity to work on our development."

PNG and Hong Kong are playing three ODIs during November.

PNG last played against Hong Kong in November. Photo: Cricket PNG

The Barramundis squad will again be captained by Assad Vala, while Jack Vare and Norman Vanua remain unavailable because of injury.

Dipak Patel said he was looking forward to Vagi Boko

"He's a young spinner that we've sort of been looking at - we've had our eye on him for a good 12 months now," he said.

"He's shown good promise. It was an ideal opportunity - Norman Vanua is sort of injured - and we felt that we will try and give him as much cricket and see how he copes with playing at this level."

Papua New Guinea are currently top of the World Cricket League standings and fourth in the Intercontinental Cup four-day competition.