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Bravo to help Pacific nation

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Bravo to help Pacific nation

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PORT MORESBY – West Indies cricket’s One-Day International captain, Dwayne Bravo, has signed an exclusive deal as development mentor and ambassador in the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea.
Bravo will visit schools, academies and rural communities throughout the capital, Port Moresby, to motivate and inspire youth through cricket, assist with cricket development programmes and mentor a flourishing influx of Papua New Guinean cricketers.
“Advancing the game of cricket in developing nations of the world is something I have always wanted to become involved in,” said Bravo.
“A cricketer today is a role model to millions and I wanted to use this opportunity to pass my knowledge, skills and expertise on to promising new talent and use my own experiences and leadership aptitude to motivate youth across the world.”
Bravo will visit International Cricket Council (ICC) associate member nation Papua New Guinea next week to participate in the ICC Award-winning Don’t Drink and Drive Legends Bash.
The Trinidadian all-rounder will be joined by West Indies teammate Kemar Roach and former captain Richie Richardson.
The trio will also launch Cricket PNG’s inaugural entry into the South Australian Cricket Association, (SACA) T20 Premier League, making Cricket PNG the first international team to enter the new Australian competition which starts later this month.
“The atmosphere and excitement in the air that Dwayne Bravo, Kemar Roach and Richie Richardson are coming to town has been astonishing,” said Cricket PNG’s chief executive officer, Greg Campbell, a former Australian Test cricketer.
“Papua New Guinea is a cricket-mad nation and our team has historically always looked up to West Indies cricketers.”
Bravo, Roach and Richardson will be honoured at a VIP gala dinner in Port Moresby, which will be attended by members of Parliament, other dignitaries and high-profile corporate and business sector leaders.
The West Indies were the first international team to tour PNG back in 1975 and the visit of the three cricket stars will be just ahead of the country’s independence weekend. (CMC)