Current and former West Indian players to mentor Papua New Guinea cricketers

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“Papua New Guinea is a cricket-mad nation and our team has historically always looked up to West Indies cricketers”

West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo has signed an agreement to be a development mentor and ambassador to Cricket Papua New Guinea.

Bravo will be joined by his team-mate Kemar Roach and former West Indies batting great Richie Richardson.

“Advancing the game of cricket in developing nations of the world is something I have always wanted to become involved in,” Bravo said. “A cricketer today is a role model to millions and I wanted to use this opportunity to pass my knowledge, skills and expertise onto promising new talent and use my own experiences and leadership aptitude to motivate youth across the world.”

Cricket Papua New Guinea chief and former Australia pace bowler Greg Campball was delighted by the news and is hoping the national team absorb everything the trio tells them.

“Papua New Guinea is a cricket-mad nation and our team has historically always looked up to West Indies cricketers,” he said. “In fact, the West Indies were the first international team to tour PNG back in 1975 and our cricketers look to emulate their entertaining style of play and their spirit of the game. The atmosphere and excitement in the air that Dwayne Bravo, Kemar Roach and Richie Richardson are coming to town, has been astonishing.”

As an ambassador, Bravo will be required to travel to schools, academies and rural communities in the greater Port Moresby area to motivate and encourage youngsters to start playing cricket.

Bravo’s timing to sign on as an ambassador couldn’t have been more perfect as Papua New Guinea’s Under-19 squad recently prevailed in the final of the East Asia-Pacific Championship in July, where they beat Vanuatu.

Bravo will be a mentor to the cricketers in the national team and will attempt to get them recognised and signed by domestic Twenty20 franchises around the world.

Papua New Guinea will travel to Dubai in November to compete in the World Twenty20 qualifiers before travelling to New Zealand in January, where they will battle against other nations in a qualifiers tournament for one of the remaining two spots in the 2015 World Cup.

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