The Papua New Guinea cricket board had decided to suspend ten of its Under 19 players for one year. The decision comes in the wake of an incident that brought disrespect to the cricket board’s name.
Papua New Guinea Under-19 team were recently touring in Japan. They were playing in the qualifying tournament for U-19 world cup in 2020. Meanwhile, they are considered as favorites to win the qualifying tournament.
However, ten players missed the game against hosts Japan.
The team had to forfeit the game because they didn’t have enough players to field an XI. This is quite a rare instance in cricket as forfeiting a match is not heard of.
Cricket PNG decided to take strict action on the players. The board decided to suspend all the ten players who skipped the game.
Cricket PNG chief executive Greg Campbell said: “The behaviour of our players is not what we would expect from international cricketers of any age. The players have expressed sincere regret at their actions and in addition to their suspension from cricket, they will undertake a comprehensive rehabilitation programme over the next 12 months.”
On the other hand, ICC also thanked Cricket PNG for sending a clear message to players. It is a commendable job by Papua New Gunipea cricket to act swiftly before ICC.
ICC General Counsel and COO Iain Higgins added: “This has been a highly unusual incident by a group of young players and I would like to thank Cricket PNG for acting swiftly and decisively. It sends out a clear message that the sport will not tolerate this sort of behaviour at ICC events.
“We are obviously extremely disappointed with the behavior of the players, but we are satisfied that Cricket PNG has delivered a suitable and proportionate sanction and programme for rehabilitation. Therefore, the ICC will not take any further action against any of the players.”
On the other hand, Japan qualified for Under 19 world cup with PNG skipping the match.