Sport: Cricket PNG win ICC Development prize

11:53 am on 7 April 2015

Papua New Guinea have claimed the top prize in the ICC Development Programme Annual Awards, for Best Overall Cricket Development Programme.

2014 was a memorable year for cricket in PNG, with the Barramundi's senior men's team achieving One-Day International status, and the PNG Women's side reaching its first ever World T20 Qualifier.

Great progress was also made at grass-roots level, with participation numbers in PNG now close to 200,000.

The ICC's Head of Global Development, Tim Anderson, says it's particularly encouraging that PNG's rise is being driven by outstanding local development structures, alongside strong local partnerships.

The Spirit of Cricket Award was given to Thailand to acknowledge its work with underprivileged Hill tribe children and orphans in Northern Thailand.

Jersey, Malaysia, Uganda and Argentina were also among the winners.

All of the award winners receive a cricket equipment grant to their respective national cricket body.

PNG Barramundi's cricket team.

PNG Barramundi's cricket team. Photo: Facebook / Cricket PNG