11 Jul 2013

Sport: Busy period ahead for PNG cricketers ahead of U19 World Cup

11:53 am on 11 July 2013

Papua New Guinea cricket coach Peter Anderson says the country's Under 19 team has a busy six months ahead of them preparing for the World Cup in Dubai.

The Garamuts beat Vanuatu in Monday's East Asia Pacific final to qualify for their fourth straight World Cup appearance.

Just two players remain from the team that competed at last year's tournament in Australia and while pleased to have qualified, Anderson says the young squad has plenty of room for improvement.

"We've got a lot of work to do over the next six months. We will certainly pull out the bowling machine and the batting cones and play a bit straighter. The end result we've made it, we know what our limitations are and we've just got to work to fix up those little issues that we've got. If we can be competitive, which I know we can be, our bowling is certainly going to put us in good stead."

Peter Anderson says hopefully 10-12 of the current squad will be able to spend a few months playing club cricket on the Gold Coast later this year, as part of a scholarship program, to help their preparations.