Four out of five players selected for scholarships inthe East Asia Region are Papua New Guineas.
They are Riley Hekure, Lega Siaka,Kaia Arua and Ravinia Oa.
The players were selected through a talent scouting program facilitated by two scouts from Cricket Australia Michael Farrel and Joanne Beoadbent early this month.
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, Team Performance Pat Howard said,the quality of untapped cricket talent inthe region was improving rapidly andthey’re excited bythe possibilities and potential of many ofthese players.
PNG players have already been invited to train withthe Queensland Bells, andthPNG national team has been included inthe revamped South Australian Cricket Association Premier League.
East Asia-Pacific Regional Development Manager Kieran McMillan saidthe Talent Accelerator Scholarships’ strategy was to elevate players to an advanced standard.
The scholarship recipients are expected to play a significant lLeadersip role intheir respective national teams and domestic structures.
Beth Farrell and Beoadbent believe thatthe region hasthe talent to produce future first class players and that opportunity such asthese were a step inthe right direction to making that a reality.