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The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup was officially opened in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday.
In attendance were the 16 nations who will be participating in this world event.
This included the PNG U19 Garamuts, who made their appearance as well led by Skipper Vagi Karaho.
While welcoming the 16 participating nations on behalf of the ICC and NZC, New Zealand Cricket President Debbie Hockley acknowledged the tournament as an important milestone to international professionalism in the sport.
For the PNG outfit, this is where they build their cricketing skills.
In a statement, Garamuts’ Skipper Vagi Karaho said most of the PNG players are first timers to play at this level, and the much needed experience they will get from this tournament will help build the national cricket team.
This junior division only acts as a pathway to the senior national team, the Barramundis, and the Garamuts look to make the most of this tournament.
Now being pooled with the likes of cricket giants India and Australia, this experience is expected to give the Garamuts an enormous challenge, yet one that will mould them into pros.
Their first match of the tournament will be this Saturday, but for this week, they have already played their first warm up match against West Indies.
And they will take on their second warm-up match against host New Zealand on Wednesday.