PNG news ‘Sing that victory song loud and proud’ – PNG soak in history Papua New Guinea – International Cricket Council

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Papua New Guinea made history on Sunday, 27 October, when they qualified for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, and the cricket-watching public recognised just how big a feat it was for the nation.

The moment their place in Australia was confirmed, the PNG players didn’t really know how to react. There was a lot of fist-pumping and cheering, and later, some tears as well. Sample this:

Ian Bishop, former West Indies cricketer and esteemed commentator, put into perspective why the feat prompted such powerful emotions.

Once the emotions settled down, there was barely-contained excitement.

It was a special moment, one that showed just far the game had come, and just how much it’s spreading its wings. R Ashwin, the premier India off-spinner, was one among many who cheered that.

PNG’s automatic qualification came at the expense of Netherlands, who will have to take the play-offs route if they are to make it to Australia. Despite that, there was plenty of goodwill and spirit on display.

There were pats on the back from other cricketing nations as well, including Ireland, who know well how much of a feat it is to rise through the ranks in this sport and become a global force.

The celebrations will go through the night.

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