PNG: Joe Dawes leaves post

Cricket PNG has announced the resignation of Joe Dawes as National Coach and High Performance Manager, just months out from the country’s participation at the T20 World Cup in India.

Dawes has called time After three years in the job, encompassing roles for both the Men’s and Women’s teams. At the helm during their famous Barramundi Miracle to claim One Day International status at World Cricket League Two in 2019, Dawes also oversaw the team’s famous T20 World Cup qualification campaign.

Joe Dawes calls time on his PNG stay (Supplied)

“After ten years travelling the world with my cricket roles it is time I spent some time at home helping my family,” Dawes said in the statement today.

“The World Cup in India later this year will be difficult to watch, it is extremely disappointing not to be able to share this experience with the boys but I will watching from home, I will be sad but supporting filled with pride.”

“I’m proud of what we have achieved in my time, not only with on field success, the enjoyment also comes from seeing individuals develop both players and staff, you become very close, I have no doubt they will continue to succeed.”

Dawes’ Barrumundi team paid tribute to their departing coach, with skipper Assad Vala citing his “professionalism and honesty”, while PNG CEO Greg Campbell thanked him for his contribution.

“(Joe) leaves CPNG in great shape, his professionalism, people management skills and high performance systems are second to none, his legacy will continue. The Board and management thank Joe for his outstanding service.”

Dawes will continue to assist in a smooth transition for the new coach, with his replacement is likely to be announced next week.

PNG are one of six qualifiers at this year’s T20 World Cup in India.

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Daniel Beswick

Co-founder and one of our #ECPod hosts, Daniel is currently helping on ICC's coverage via their digital client. Daniel has also commentated and presented on broadcasts for pathway events since 2019, and in a rare feat called action at both USA vs PNG and Namibia vs Oman ODI matches at WCL2 2019 on the same day. Daniel has also been a member of WBBL/BBL and Olympic productions at Channel 7, also supporting commentators and on-air talent for the network’s coverage.

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