Cricket PNG today launched their Premier first-class competition, the Hebou Shield 2017.
This elite domestic competition will see the best cricketers in PNG battle for two months. The competition will starting tomorrow.
As per the requirement by International Cricket Council, countries that have One-Day-International must run high level domestic competitions yearly.
The Hebou Shield 2017 is not a new competition.
Since the Men’s National Team, the Barramundis gained ODI status in 2014, the competition has been an annual event but with different names as naming rights change.
For this year’s tournament, both the men’s and the women’s fixtures will see eight teams participate- five Mens and three women’s teams.
The opener matches will toss off tomorrow at the Amini park, Cricket ground, 1 and 2.
Despite the dominance of Port Moresby based elite players, there are a few representatives from Miline Bay, Popondetta, Central, Lae and all the way from Sydney, Ausralia.
Barramundi Jack Vare was also present at the launch and gave an insight on this tournament’s importance for the National Teams.