6 Sep 2012

Sport: Cricketing greats looking forward to PNG BigBash

10:20 am on 6 September 2012

The former England cricketer Graeme Hick is looking forward to donning the pads once again after arriving in Papua New Guinea for the annual BigBash tournament.

It's the first visit to PNG for the 46 year old, who now resides on Australia's Gold Coast.

He'll join a star-studded line up, including ex New Zealand international Scott Styris and former West Indies skipper Carl Hooper in a Twenty20 competition at the weekend.

The scorer of 11 international hundreds says it's great opportunity to have a bit of fun and help the development of one of the biggest movers in international cricket.

"If you've got a small community like this that are playing cricket and loving it, and it's good for the kids, I'm all for it - it's great. I've got two kids who are coming to the end of their teens - as a parent you can get to understand how important it is to put these different opportunities in front of kids to keep them busy and keep them occupied. I mean this is the fastest growing cricket community in the world so they must be doing something right and at the moment it's been good fun and I look forward to the next few days."

Former Australian fast bowler Merv Hughes is also taking part and says while his days of scaring opposition batsmen are well behind him, he's looking forward to helping lift the profile of the game.

Without doubt Aravinda de Silva will be bowling quicker than me in this tournament. That's beyond me now, bringing pain down on batsmen. We're just here to help Papua New Guinea cricket - give it a little bit of a profile, help promote the game and hopefully get the kids of Papua New Guinea - especially in Port Moresby and Lae - playing the game, and if they do that then that's all good for Papua New Guinea cricket.

The international players will travel to schools throughout PNG and conduct coaching clinics during their five day visit.