Cricket PNG wins “Best Overall Cricket Development Program”

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

By Cricket PNG

Cricket PNG (CPNG) is the proud recipient of the “Best Overall Cricket Development Program” in the 2014 Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia Pacific (EAP) Development Programme Annual Awards.

CPNG has won the award due to their strong organizational structure which has allowed them to effectively implement their cricket development programmes. With an active, competent board and a working staff of over eighty employees, CPNG enjoyed an exciting 2014.

“Cricket PNG is very delighted to win the Best Overall Cricket Development Programme Award in the EAP Region for the fourth consecutive year,” CPNG General Manager, Greg Campbell.

“The achievements that we made in 2014 was remarkable with the Barramundis leading the way, being ranked 15th in the world, achieving ODI Status, winning their first two (2) ODIs against Hong Kong and winning the SACA Premier League T20 Cup for the second year in concession. The other two (2) national teams shouldn’t be forgotten, with the Garamuts (U19 Team) playing in their seventh ICC World Cup in the UAE and being ranked number 1 in the EAP and the Lewas (National Womens Team) winning the ICC EAP Womens Trophy in Japan, meaning they regain their number 1 ranking in the EAP region and qualifying for the ICC Womens World Cup Qualifiers later in 2015,” said Campbell.

 

During the year, their BSP School Kriket Programme consolidated its reputation as PNG’s leading junior sports product with a participation base of nearly 200,000.  School cricket competitions also saw strong growth in numbers and a significant improvement in structure via the successful Gold Nuggets School Kriket Trophy for children aged 12-19. The nation’s first all inclusive program Kriket Blo Olgeta (KBO) was also launched out of funding received from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Pacific Sports Partnership Program. 

 

“On the domestic front, more boys, girls, men and women are playing cricket in various forms than ever before. The BSP School Kriket Programme reached over 160,000 participants and is still the leading junior sport development program in PNG and one of the biggest in the world. The introduction of the Gold Nuggets School Kriket Trophy (School Hardball Competition) saw more boys and girls play hardball cricket throughout the country and the launching of the Kriket Blo Olgeta (KBO) Program opened up the game to the wider community of PNG,” said Campbell.

 

“All these achievements wouldn’t be possible without a competent board, hard working staff and players, volunteers, umpires, coaches, scorers and most importantly our valuable sponsors. Thank you all very much and we look forward to a bigger and brighter 2015,” concluded Campbell.

 

The ICC Development Programme Awards were established to recognize exceptional performance and service to the game of cricket in all Associate and Affiliate member countries, and aims to recognize these contributions among all levels of cricket development. The EAP award winners will now join winners from the four other Pepsi ICC Development Programme Regions at the ICC Global Awards.

Since its inception in 2004, CPNG have won twenty-three (23) EAP Awards and five (5) Global Awards.

2014 Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia Pacific (EAP) Development Programme Annual Awards

CATEGORY

 

AWARD WINNER

 

Best Overall Cricket Development Programme

 

 Cricket PNG

 

Lifetime Service Award

Oliver Syme (Cook Islands)

Volunteer of the Year

Randy Reckerman (Indonesia)

Women’s Cricket ‘Behind the Scenes’ Award

Alister Stevic (Cook Islands)

Spirit of Cricket Award

Graeme Lele (Vanuatu)

Photo of the Year

Vanuatu Cricket Association