5 Sep 2012

Sport: International names set to arrive for PNG Twenty20 Big Bash

10:13 am on 5 September 2012

A host of international cricket greats will touch down in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday ahead of the annual Twenty20 Big Bash tournament in Port Moresby.

Among those taking part are the former Australian fast bowler Merv Hughes, former England batsman Graeme Hick, Carl Hooper from the West Indies and world cup winner Aravinda de Silva of Sri Lanka.

The General Manager of Cricket PNG, Greg Campbell, says despite being retired or in the twilight of their careers the veterans haven't lost that competitive edge.

"Scotty Styris - he was in the champion team last year - so he's fronting back up in that. He said on the phone when I spoke to him from England that he's looking forward to coming back and defending the title with a couple of the young guys he played with so it's a great five days for the guys."

Greg Campbell says the international players will also travel to schools throughout PNG and conduct coaching clinics during their visit.