13 Mar 2012

Sport: PNG cricketers ready for toughest test

8:29 am on 13 March 2012

Papua New Guinea's bid to qualily for the Twenty 20 Cricket World Cup begins on Tuesday afternoon against Afghanistan in Dubai.

The two teams open the 16 team qualifying tournament, from which the top two teams will advance to September's World Cup in Sri Lanka.

Cricket PNG's General Manager, Greg Campbell, says the team is under no illusions that this will be the toughest event they've ever competed in.

"This will be a true benchmark of where we are. You know we play in the East Asia Pacific and we sort of dominate that but we're helping the other countries - Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa - come along and lift their standards so the EAP region can be strong. We're going in their lacking experience but what these guys make up for is endeavour, hard work and their passion to represent their country and give it 100 percent."

Greg Campbell says while they want to finish as high as possible a mid-table finish would be a good result for the Barramundi's team.