Hong Kong to host Papua New Guinea in three cricket one-day internationals
The November series will not be part of the ICC World Cricket League that paves the way for qualification to the 2019 World Cup
The Hong Kong men’s squad will host Papua New Guinea in a three-game one-day international series in November.
The matches on November 4, 6 and 8 are not part of the ICC’s World Cricket League, the results of which go towards qualification for the ICC World Cup in 2019.
The games will be played at Mission Road and comes two years after PNG hosted Hong Kong in a series in Townsville, Australia, which the home side won 2-0.
“PNG and Hong Kong have both progressed through the divisions together over the last few years,” said HKCA director of cricket Charlie Burke. “It was only in 2010 when we met in Division 3 and since we have both emerged to register some excellent results World Cricket League and World Cup qualifiers.”
“Our fans deserve to witness two quality sides that have played in some great battles as well as an opportunity to host PNG, who put on a great series in Townsville.”
“The bigger picture is to continue preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in 2018.”
The series will be played during a busy period for Hong Kong, following a three-week tour of Ireland and Scotland and right before a trip away to play Kenya in two ICC WCLC matches.
Head Coach Simon Cook says the busy schedule will allow selectors to test the depth of what is now an extended full-time squad.
“We have played PNG a lot over the years and the players have detailed knowledge of each other which always makes for an interesting series,” Cook said.
“They have some good players that can take the game away from you if you let them so we will have to be on top of our game to beat them.”
“As we speak our players are currently in a strength phase of their training programme which is going really well so we should be seeing a faster, stronger and more durable Hong Kong squad leading into this really busy six-month period.”