Netflix should court Papua New Guinea cricket in first World Cup appearance

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Assad Vala of Papua New Guinea bats during a T20 match in February 2017 in Canberra, Australia. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images
Assad Vala of Papua New Guinea bats during a T20 match in February 2017 in Canberra, Australia. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images

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In an age where sports shows have overrun Netflix and other platforms, the story of Papua New Guinea qualifying for their first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup should be high on the list for producers.

Having officially formed an association in the 1970s, Papua New Guinea, nicknamed the Barramundis after a type of hardy sea bass popular in the region, got their walking shoes on in 1979 by winning a gold medal in the South Pacific Games tournament, which they have won every time since; grabbed their running shoes at the 1982 ICC Trophy by beating Bangladesh; and began circling with the ICC associate member teams since.

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