PNG’s troubled U19 Garamuts made an unglamorous return to Port Moresby yesterday after failing to grab a spot to South Africa for the ICC U19 World Cup 2020 due to an alleged “shoplifting”incident involving some of their players, which led to their suspension.
Cricket PNG’s General Manager Lee McDowell remained tight-lipped stating CPNG is not in a position to make further comments until after a board meeting is conducted and the surrounding issues are discussed and addressed thoroughly.
“The team arrived home yesterday from Japan. We conducted a parent briefing soon after and then the boys went home to their families.”
Mr Dowell said CPNG always aims to be fully transparent but due to cultural sensitivity in Japan and age of the squad, due process must be followed.
“We have a very strict code of conduct in terms of player behaviour and stepping outside these boundaries cannot and will not be condoned or tolerated.”