The 50-over matches will be the first ever ICC fixtures to be held in PNG, with Amini Park recently receiving ICC approval to host international games. The PNG Barramundis will be playing in front of their home fans and friends and family for the first time and expectations will be high for a team that has risen to 15th in the ICC rankings.
The two games shape as defining in the WCLC standings with plenty on the line line for both teams. Kenya’s squad is re-emerging under the leadership of Rakep Patel and coach Thomas Odoyo and now challenging as one of the teams to beat in the WCLC. If Kenya wins both the matches, it will join Netherlands on top of the WCLC table with just four rounds to go.
Should PNG win both matches in front of its home fans, it will move to third behind Netherlands and Hong Kong. PNG coach Dipak Patel has instilled a great discipline and strong belief in his group that this team can match is with its more experienced counterparts.