25 Nov 2014

Sport: Barramundi's seek to take the next step

3:30 pm on 25 November 2014

With a place at next year's World Twenty20 Qualifier secured, the Papua New Guinea cricket coach Dipak Patel says the team now find a way to take their game to the next level.

PNG retained the East Asia Pacific Trophy at the weekend, finishing unbeaten across seven games, to book their place at next year's qualifying event in Scotland and Ireland.

The Barramundi's fell one game short of reaching this year's T20 World Cup in Bangladesh and Dipak Patel says they need to lift their performance if they want to be at the 2016 event in India.

"Although we're playing very well I think that we recognise that. Last night we sat down and I certainly addressed that with the team: the fact that planning had already started, albeit that we didn't want to sort of plan too far ahead but now that we have qualified we can go ahead and make sure we're well prepared when we arrive in Scotland and Ireland. That's going to be very critical that we give these guys plenty of tough oppositions to play against and the training programmes have also go to match that".

Dipak Patel says the Barramundi's don't have any matches scheduled over the next three months but he intends to reach out to some contacts to try and organise some high level games.