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The Philippine Cricket Association has announced Melbourne-born Filipino, Henry Tyler as the Head Coach for the upcoming 2022 T20 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, held in Oman in February. It is expected that up to seven Australian residing Filipinos will travel including current Carabaos and New South Wales resident, Jonathan Hill. 

The road to Oman began in December 2018 when the Philippines won its first World Cup Qualifying tournament against Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Following that, the team travelled to Port Moresby in April 2019 to compete in another World Cup Qualifier against Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. While the Philippines went down to the host nation, a win against Vanuatu ranked the Philippines #1 in the East Asia Pacific region and booked the team a spot in the final World Cup Qualifier in Oman. The Philippines will battle it out against some of the top teams in the world, including Nepal (ranked 12th), Ireland (13th), UAE (15th), Oman (17th), Canada (22nd), Germany (32nd) & Bahrain (33rd). 

Whilst this is the highest level the Philippine Cricket Association has competed in, Tyler suggests the success of the upcoming Oman tournament will not be determined simply by wins and losses.

 “Firstly, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that lies in front of me. Having already been a part of the Philippine Cricket Association previously, I cannot wait to get the group back together as one and continue to build the culture.”

“As a young Filipino, this journey has brought me closer to my family, heritage and identity through the powers of cricket. I want to make sure that this is spread throughout the playing group so that we can not only have an impact during this Oman tour but future tournaments. We want a team that supporters of the Philippine Cricket Team can be proud of.”

Philippine spin bowler Dan Smith
Philippine spin bowler Dan Smith
Top order batsmen and Captain Jonathan Hill
Top order batsmen and Captain Jonathan Hill

“This squad has such a diverse background, so spending time together will enable us to learn about what professionalism looks like, galvanise and become stronger cricketers, but more importantly better Filipinos and role models for the next generation to look up to and be proud of.”

Carabaos Team Manager Faisal Khan provided some comments on Tyler’s recent appointment.

“Whilst Henry is still young and at the beginning of his coaching career, we at the PCA believe he possesses the necessary skills and attributes that will benefit the entire playing group. Henry has a track record through his long association with the PCA of being someone who has shown a high level of commitment and emotional investment in seeing the success and progression of the PCA and we are confident that his appointment will help our Carabaos squad to progress further towards their goals and aspirations,” Khan said.

To follow the journey, find Philippine Cricket Association on Facebook or Instagram. Otherwise to find out more about how you can support the national team, visit GoFundme.


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