ICC grants Amini Park an official One Day International Venue
Cricket PNG Media Release
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has granted ODI and T20I status to Amini Park in Port Moresby following a recent inspection of the facilities at the venue. The venue is approved for staging international matches between Associate and Affiliate Members commencing with the Hebou PNG Barramundis’ home World Cricket League Championship matches against Scotland in October.
CPNG’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Greg Campbell was delighted at the news that CPNG now has the facilities to host international teams in fully sanctioned ICC ODIs and T20Is.
“This is an historic moment for Cricket PNG and the East Asia Pacific (EAP) for the ICC to grant international status to the home of cricket in Papua New Guinea, Amini Park,” said Campbell.
“PNG has been the leading cricket country in the EAP region outside of the two (2) Full-Member countries in Australia and New Zealand. We are currently the number one ranked team in all divisions (men’s, women’s and Under 19), featured in its maiden ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 1998 and has since appeared in seven events, including four in a row since 2008 and became the first country to have turf cricket pitches. Now we can stay that we are the first Associate Member country in the region to have an ODI/T20I Venue,” said Campbell.
“A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes over the past couple of years to make this dream a reality. Firstly, we would like to acknowledge the ICC for assisting CPNG with a Development Grant to help start this project and then, Curtain Brothers for taking up this project. We now can entice international/first class teams to come to Port Moresby to play on international standard cricket facilities. You never know, we might be able to host our pacific neighbours in Australia and New Zealand in the not so distant future,” concluded Campbell.
The ICC granted Amini Park international status after the irrigation, field of play, change rooms, umpires rooms, media and official’s rooms were upgraded.
Amini Park’s first international assignment will be the ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICUP)/World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) Round 6 Fixture against Scotland. The two (2) WCLC matches scheduled for Friday 6th and Sunday 8th October will also be official ODI fixtures. The Hebou PNG Barramundis are currently sitting in fourth (4th) place on 40 points in the ICUP Standings after five (5) rounds while they are in second (2nd) place in the WCLC Standings on 14 points after five (5) rounds also.
CPNG hosted Kenya (WCLC) and Namibia (ICUP and WCLC) at Amini Park last year with the matches classed as “List A” fixtures.