CRICKET PNG & SPORTSMART

Question: Which country holds the record of the highest score in an international one-day cricket match?

Answer: Papua New Guinea (572/7 against New Caledonia in 2007). 

Sportsmart recently had the privilege of donating equipment worth more than $2500 to the Papua New Guinea cricket board for its development program. Sportsmart also supplied performance training equipment for the new performance training centre in Port Moresby as well as cricket shoes to the national Under 19 side to help them prepare for upcoming international tournaments. 

Cricket PNG employs full-time staff to manage the development of cricket in PNG (with Andy Bichel now joining up as head coach of the national side). Bill Leane from Victoria (also a customer of Sportsmart and The Cricket Sale) was recently appointed to the role of overseeing the development of cricket in PNG as General Manager of the Papua New Guinea Cricket Board – the official governing body of the sport of cricket in PNG.

A bit of history: The game of cricket was first introduced into PNG in the late 1800s when played by missionaries, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that Cricket PNG was recognised on the international stage when it became an associate member of the ICC in 1973.

Cricket in rural areas tended to be played mostly by the indigenous population, while in urban areas such as Port Moresby the game was played mostly by British and Australian expatriates, and a competition for clubs in the city was started in 1937. A team of nine expatriate and two indigenous players played in Papua New Guinea’s first international, against Australia in 1972.

Cricket PNG is now one of the strongest countries in the ICC East Asia region, and internationally is currently ranked 23rd in men (ICC ranking) and 12th in Under 19s. The women’s side is ranked 15th in the world.

Like other developing sporting nations, Cricket PNG’s aspirations are hampered by lack of funds to provide equipment (especially to rural areas) to develop the sport nationally. If any individual or cricket club would like to donate good-quality equipment to Cricket PNG, please contact Gerrard Woods (gerrard.woods@sportsmart.com.au).

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