Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), August 20 (IANS) Papua New Guinea (PNG) cricket skipper Assad Vala has said he will lead a “well-drilled” and “well-disciplined” side into the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in October-November in the UAE and Oman, adding that it would be the right platform to see “where we are against the best teams in the world”.
PNG compete in their first ICC global tournament and line up in an open Group B with Scotland, Bangladesh and hosts Oman.
Vala said he understands the importance of playing on the biggest stage for the first time and said: “To finally be able to qualify for one and participate in one of the World Cups is a dream come true for me and to speak on on behalf of all my teammates, it will be an honor for us. It is the pinnacle of cricket to be able to play against the best in the world. ”
PNG want the chance for their chances in Group B in the first round, against Oman, Scotland and the entire member team Bangladesh. However, they have scores to decide, with Scotland the only team to defeat PNG in the group stage of the qualifiers.
They will probably need a good opening result against co-hosts Oman on October 17 to advance to the Super 12 phase. But for Vala, the benchmark for his team is Bangladesh with their clash on October 21st.
“The match the boys are looking forward to is Bangladesh. It will be really good for us to test ourselves against a top quality team and see where we are against the best teams in the world. Vala told icc-cricket.com.
Vala says he has a number of options to keep his opponents from guessing. “There are no superstars in our 11 or 15. We are a well-drilled team, well-disciplined. We just trust to play our roles and perform our abilities to the best of our ability. ”
The performances of bowling all-rounder Norman Vanua and co-opener Tony Ura will be the key for Vala’s team, although the exploits of the leg-spinning all-rounder Charles Amini could well dictate PNG’s campaign. Amini described teammate Ura as “the most destructive batsman in associated countries” and wants his team to get the most out of their World Cup opportunities.
“This is the most historic event we’ll ever be a part of,” said Amini, a left-handed mother and leggie.
“This is the best way to showcase our cricket brand as we play. I am aware that the countries at the associated level know what type of cricket we play, but being on the world stage and for everyone else to see is a great springboard for what we have to show, ”said Amini.