Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor takes on Papua New Guinea coaching consultancy
Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor will take on a coaching consultancy role with Papua New Guinea.
Cricket PNG have announced that Taylor, 33, will join them "for about a week" for their coming tour of the United Arab Emirates.
Former Australian international Greg Campbell, who is Cricket PNG CEO, said this was a joint project between the ICC EAP (ICC East Asia-Pacific), New Zealand Cricket and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association.
"We would like to thank all parties for their support in making this possible," Campbell said in a statement.
"We are very privileged to get the Ross on board and I am sure that the coaching staff and players who are currently in the UAE are looking forward to working with Ross."
The Barramundis begin their tour of the UAE with three matches against English Counties, starting today against Middlesex before facing Yorkshire and Middlesex again.
Next up is three ODIs against UAE, with the first two considered as ICC World Cricket League Championship matches, and then an Inter-Continental Cup clash before a T20 series.
ICC EAP development manager, Kieran McMillan, is delighted that Taylor is joining up with PNG.
"The ICC is excited to facilitate a connection between PNG and one of the world's best batsmen, Ross Taylor," McMillan said in a statement.
"We hope that his involvement in the current PNG tour of the UAE is the start of a long-term mentoring relationship between Ross and the PNG team.
"Ross has a tonne of experience at the highest levels of cricket which will be invaluable to PNG as it aims to continue its rise through the world rankings."
Taylor will join the Barramundis after New Zealand's three-match test series with South Africa, with the final test beginning this Saturday in Hamilton.
A calf injury, suffered in the first test in Dunedin, ruled Taylor out of the series, which South Africa lead 1-0 after comfortably winning the second test in Wellington.
PNG is coached by former New Zealand cricketer Dipak Patel.