Papua New Guinea’s Experienced Squad for T20 World Cup 2024
Papua New Guinea Squad for T20 World Cup

Papua New Guinea’s Experienced Squad for T20 World Cup 2024

Papua New Guinea is ready with their 15-player squad for their second appearance at the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup 2024.

Hosted by the United States and West Indies, this season of the T20 World Cup is going to be an exciting one. Cricket fans around the world will be treated to a thrilling contest.

Since the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup 2024 is around the corner. Like every team is finalizing their squad for the upcoming tournament, Papua New Guinea is no different.

This time, the Papua New Guinea squad for T20 World Cup includes all the experienced players. Looks like they want to leave their mark in this tournament and come out stronger.

Left-arm orthodox spinner, John Kariko is the youngest player in the squad with precise experience in the West Indies condition.

Let’s check on more updates!

Papua New Guinea Cricket Team T20I Stats

The Papua New Guinea T20 team has minimum chances of winning the tournament, since they are a novice team. In the last two years, they have played 30 T20s and won only 14 of them.

The Papua New Guinea squad for the ICC T20 World Cup is a powerhouse, with plenty of young potential. Papua New Guinea remained unbeatable in the qualifiers, won six matches against Japan, Vanuatu and the Philippines in the regional final.

Who is the Captain of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Papua New Guinea Squad?

Assadollah Vala is leading the team. The captain has high hopes for this tournament-

"The energy has been great within the team. For some of the boys who went to the last T20 World Cup, it’s a different feeling now with a lot of the training because the last time was during Covid, and the preparation wasn’t as good as what we’re going through now.

"I am looking forward to this event because I know we are going to do well.”

Papua New Guinea team under the captaincy of Assadollah Vala will be looking for work to make a stand for themselves in this ICC Men’s T20I World Cup.

Phil Simmons – New Specialist Coach

The Papua New Guinea squad for the T20 World Cup will be governed by a new specialist coach – Phil Simmons. Former West Indies all-rounder has joined PNG’s coaching setup for the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup.

The duo of Phil Simmons, and head coach, Tatenda Taibu will bring more expertise and solidify PNG’s performance as both understand the Caribbean conditions.

Phil Simmons has experience of over a hundred matches for West Indies. His experience is not just limited to featuring in the matches, Phil is renowned for his career as the International Coach and leading West Indies to the second World Cup Title in India in 2016.

Simmons is determined to showcase his coaching skills and enable the team to play well in the Caribbean conditions in PNG’s second appearance at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

“My role here is as a consultant coach and how I put across my experience, not just playing in World Cups but playing in the Caribbean and the things that we should be looking at to make sure we do it right in the Caribbean and especially the venues that we play at," he said.

“As a player internationally, for fourteen years and then as an international coach for eighteen years it’s been a long time in the game. It’s always brilliant to come home, always brilliant to come back to any part of the West Indies, you know how beautiful it is here.

"I’m looking forward to getting home, home which is Trinidad. Having people come here, me getting back here, it’s always a great thing, it’s always something to look forward to.”

Phil Simmons is looking confident after watching the team’s performance in the qualifiers.

“Their energy is unbelievable!" Simmons exclaimed.

"Their warm-ups alone yesterday, got me tired. The guys look like they have settled in really well.

"Yesterday in training we started to get out in the middle of their game so they started on some of the things they have to do here in the Caribbean and it’s nice to see the energy that’s among this squad.

"I’ve known the head coach (Taibu) for a long time and he’s always energetic, there is always a lot of energy but the players seem to be pushing him where that is not so and I like that atmosphere in the team, I like the liveliness in the team.”

Papua New Guinea Complete Squad for T20 World Cup

Player Name 

Player Role 

Assadollah Vala (c) 


CJ Amini (vc) 


Alei Nao 


Chad Soper 


Hila Vare 

Wk Batsman 

Hiri Hiri 


Jack Gardner 


John Kariko 


Kabua Vagi Morea 


Kipling Doriga 

Wk Batsman 

Lega Siaka 


Norman Vanua 


Sema Kamea 


Sese Bau 


Tony Ura 


Papua New Guinea’s Top T20I Scorer – Tony Ura

Tony Ura is one notable player in the squad. Tony is PNG’s top T20I scorer. The right-hand batsman has scored the most runs in the T20I career. Between 2015 and 2024, Tony scored 1618 runs in 56 matches with an average rate of 34.42.

Tony’s highest T20I score is 107*, 1 century and 14 half-centuries with a 156.02 strike rate.

Tony played an immense role in helping PNG to qualify for the U-19 World Cup 2008. Tony scored 74 runs against Vanuatu in the qualifiers along with smashing 76 off 55 balls against Bermuda and helping the team win.

Tony Ura and Norman Vanua hold the record for the second-highest partnership for the 6th wicket in International T20 cricket. The partnership lasted for 115 runs against Singapore in the Papua New Guinea tour of Singapore, in 2022.

Papua New Guinea’s Top T20I Wicket-Taker – Norman Vanua

Norman Vanua is Papua New Guinea’s top T20I wicket-taker. Between 2015 and 2024, Norman took 63 wickets and bowled 994 balls in 55 matches. Norman has achieved the average and economy rate of 19.23 and 7.31 respectively.

His consistent performance has made him the most eminent player in the Papua New Guinea Squad for the T20 World Cup.

Apart from being a great bowler, Norman has displayed great batting skills as well. Normann is the second player after Mohammad Nabi to score the most runs in an innings by the player at the 7th position.

Norman scored 71 off 37 balls against Singapore in the Papua New Guinea tour of Singapore, 2022. It is the same match where Norman and Tony scored the second-highest partnership for the 6th wicket in the International T20 cricket.

Papua New Guinea’s World Cup History

Papua New Guinea is one of the most consistent who has been trying hard to qualify for the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup. From 2007 to 2016, PNG didn’t get the chance to qualify, but then in 2021, the team got into the Group Stage.

With the ambition of trying next year, the team went in with high hopes in 2022 but couldn’t qualify. 2024 season of the T20 World Cup is another opportunity for PNG to mark their presence in international cricket.

Papua New Guinea Schedule for ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024


Date & Time 


West Indies 

2nd June, 08:00 PM IST 

Providence Stadium 


6th June, 05:00 PM IST 

Providence Stadium 


14th June, 06:00 PM IST 

Brian Lara Stadium 

New Zealand 

17th June, 08:00 PM IST 

Brian Lara Stadium 

Papua New Guinea is playing their first contest against West Indies at the Providence Stadium on 2nd June. June 5th is scheduled against Uganda. This match is going to be an exciting one, as both teams will be looking forward to securing their first-ever victory in the T20 World Cup.

PNG’s third and fourth contest is scheduled against Afghanistan and the Blackcaps – New Zealand.

It is the complete information on the Papua New Guinea squad for the T20 World Cup. Read till the end if you want to get more information about the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup.

PNG has showcased a great performance in the qualifiers, and they will be maximizing their potential to perform well in the tournament against renowned teams.

The captain and the coach are certain to present world-class cricket. As both the US and West Indies are hosting the T20 World Cup, it is going to be a historic one. So, keep following ScoreWaves for every update, starting from 2nd June. For all cricket lovers, the ICC T20 World Cup is going to be a great sporting event.

How Many Teams are Competing in Men's T20 World Cup 2024?

It is the ninth edition of the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup and over 20 teams have qualified for the tournament. Papua New Guinea is playing their second T20 World Cup.

From India to Nepal, all the teams are divided into different groups for the tournament.

The T20 World Cup 2024 will be played across nine venues, including six stadiums in the West Indies and the remaining three in the USA. The tournament will include 10 teams that will play their first match in the USA and 16 matches being played in Lauderhill, Dallas, and New York.

41 matches will be played in the Caribbean in six islands including the semifinals in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana and the final taking place in Barbados. This year's T20 World Cup 2024 will run from June 1 until June 29 the final game taking in the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

How to Buy T20 World Cup Tickets in 2024?

For all cricket lovers, ICC’s official website is the right channel to buy 2024 T20 World Cup tickets. Just visit the website, enter the details, make the payment and enjoy the live T20 cricket action.

Where can I Watch the T20 World Cup 2024? 

You can check out your favorite streaming platform. To stay updated with the live scores and last-minute action, ScoreWaves is the place to be. Follow ScoreWaves and don’t miss any updates!

Who will Host the ICC Men's T20 in 2024?

The United States of America and the West Indies are hosting the ninth edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. It is happening for the first time that the United States is hosting any ICC event.

Who won the Most Cricket World Cups?

The first season of the T20 World Cup was started in 2007, and India was the first winner. Presently, eight editions of the World Cup have been concluded, and England and West Indies have won the trophy two times. England won the championship in 2010 and 2022, West Indies won in 2012 and 2016.

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