Papua New Guinea Announce T20 World Cup Squad 2024

Papua New Guinea Announce T20 World Cup Squad 2024

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is gearing up for its second appearance at the T20 World Cup, a 15-member squad is ready to make waves in Group C of T20 World Cup 2024 led by captain Assad Vala, following their qualification via the East Asia-Pacific regional final in July 2023.

Papua New Guinea T20 World Cup Squad 2024

Assadollah Vala (C), CJ Amini (VC), Alei Nao, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua, Sema Kamea, Sese Bau, Tony Ura, Hila Vare, Hiri Hiri, Jack Gardner, John Kariko, Kabua Vagi Morea, Kipling Doriga, Lega Siaka.

Assad Vala, who led PNG in the 2021 edition of the tournament, continues to lead the team with his leadership skills and cricketing acumen. Vala is joined by 10 players from the 2021 campaign, with the addition of Jack Gardner, who was a reserve member previously. Leg-spinning all-rounder CJ Amini assumes the role of vice-captain, providing valuable support.

PNG’s path to the T20 World Cup was marked by dominance, as they went unbeaten in the regional final, winning six consecutive matches on home soil. Victories over Japan, Vanuatu, and the Philippines solidified their qualification, showcasing their strength and resilience.

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Newly-appointed head coach Tatenda Taibu, a former Zimbabwe international, has rewarded the bulk of the squad that secured qualification with a place in the final squad. With 14 members from the qualifying group retained, Taibu aims to maintain continuity and build on the team’s success.

PNG boasts a strong contingent of all-rounders, with eight players capable of contributing with both bat and ball. The team offers a mix of right and left-arm bowling options, providing versatility and depth to their bowling attack. Players like Sema Kamea and Kabua Vagi Morea have showcased their prowess during qualifying, adding firepower to PNG’s arsenal.

Young left-arm orthodox spinner John Kariko emerges as a promising talent in the squad, bringing his experience from the U19 World Cup in 2022. Kariko’s impressive performances, including a memorable five-wicket haul against Uganda, highlight the depth of talent within PNG’s ranks.


Papua New Guinea faces a challenging road ahead in Group C, starting with a formidable clash against hosts West Indies on June 2. Matches against Uganda, Afghanistan, and New Zealand promise intense competition, with both sides vying for their first victory in the tournament. Despite the tough opposition, PNG remains undaunted, ready to embrace the challenge and showcase its cricketing prowess on the world stage.

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