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Hong Kong cricket captain Babar Hayat urges fans to watch one-day series against Papua New Guinea

Skipper says the players will appreciate the support as they take on the visitors at Mission Road in three 50-over matches

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 November, 2016, 7:26pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 November, 2016, 11:12pm

Captain Babar Hayat has called on Hong Kong cricket fans to turn up at Mission Road and support the team in their home one-day international series against Papua New Guinea, which starts on Friday.

Hayat will lead his team for the first time on home soil after taking the reins for the tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland in September.

“It’s the first time playing in home conditions as captain – I’m really excited for it and hope we can get a 3-0 result,” Hayat said. “The more people that come the better for us. In Hong Kong there are a lot of people interested in cricket and hopefully they turn up to support us.”

“We want to make Hong Kong proud and give the fans a good performance.”

The second ODI game is to be held on Sunday with the final match on Tuesday. Cricket Hong Kong says tickets for the weekend fixture are selling fast.

“It’s a very important series for us – not only to keep our rankings up but we have two crucial ICC World Cricket League Games in Kenya later in the month,” Hayat said.

“We need to be in top form.”

Papua New Guinea have recently completed a whitewash series against Namibia in Port Moresby and will arrive in Hong Kong full of confidence.

The two teams are ranked only one place apart, making for an intriguing series.

“We won’t take them lightly at all,” Hayat said. “They have a good side and a very good batting line-up but we do have home advantage and know the conditions, which will help us.”

“I’m very happy with how the guys are performing in the domestic league. Everyone is contributing in every game so it’s pleasing that we have players in form.”

PNG triumphed in the only two ODIs played between the two countries in Townsville back in 2014.