Barras top up on fitness ahead of qualifier

All the hard work has been done in the past 5 months, for now, the HEBOU PNG Barramundis are concentrating on fielding drills and game scenarios before they leave for Fiji.

With a few days left before they leave the country, Captain Assad Vala said the team is topping up on their fitness in preparation for the ICC World T20 East-Asia-Pacific (EAP) Qualifier.

The 14-man team, led by veteran cricketer, Assad Vala, will depart Port Moresby on 15th August to Brisbane, where they will be based for five days before flying to Fiji.

Suva will play host to Fiji, PNG, Samoa and Vanuatu, four of the best teams in the East-Asia-Pacific region.

The Barramundis are the clear favourites in the competition, but captain Vala insists on keeping the team’s focus on the game and not get ahead of themselves.

“Those three teams are really good teams,” he said.

“We need to play our best cricket to get the results we want.”

Captain Vala highlighted that they came behind Vanuatu during the 2015 Pacific Games, and settled for silver instead.

He said from the 2015 team, only three players have remained and are looking to secure a victory over Vanuatu.

(Filepic of captain Assad Vala in action)

Carmella Gware