HEBOU PNG Barramundis Fast-Bowler, Damien Ravu received his Baggy Black Cap ahead of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) fixture last Sunday 1st October at Amini Park, Port Moresby.
Current Cricket PNG (CPNG) Assistant Coach and former Hebou PNG Barramundis player, Kila Pala presented Ravu with his own “Baggy Black” cap before the match, becoming the 117th Papua New Guinean to represent the country at senior level.
Ravu was one (1) of only two (2) players selected for the ICC ICUP/World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) Round 6 Fixtures against Scotland who were not from the Port Moresby Cricket Association (POMCA), having played majority of his senior cricket in the Lae Cricket Association (LCA) for the Hoods Cricket Club.
“I am proud of this achievement. It is by far away one of my greatest achievements. The pathway has been very challenging, yet I was given a chance to be one of best to be considered,” said Damien Ravu after the ICUP Match.
Ravu was selected for the drawn ICUP Fixture which took place from Sunday 1st to Wednesday 4th October, 2017. Ravu made a brisk 32 runs off 35 balls, batting number ten (10) in the Hebou PNG Barramundis’ 1st inning total of 404. With the ball, Ravu took 1/96 in a marathon 26.2 overs, trapping Christopher Sole Lew Before Wicket for his maiden wicket.
“Being issued a Baggy Black on home soil and in my first every ICC ICUP, I am forever grateful as I started my international career at home in front of my family and friends. I must thank God for helping me come this far and also my parents, family and Cricket PNG for all their support. I must also not forget Lae Cricket Association (LCA), who played a massive part in making me into a cricketer,” concluded Ravu.