Hockey skills keeping Singapore on road to World T20?

Singapore's Navin Param, who smashed a match-winning 72 against Bermuda on Sunday, said his hockey skills add to his 36-degree gameplay.

Navin Param was the hero of Singapore's victory against Bermuda in the World T20 qualifiers on Sunday.

Navin Param was the hero of Singapore's victory against Bermuda in the World T20 qualifiers on Sunday.   -  ICC

Navin Param smashed a match-winning 72 as Singapore stayed on course for the 2020 World Twenty20 with a five-wicket win over Bermuda in the qualifiers on Sunday.

Param’s runs came off 41 balls as his team chased down a target of 150 for its third win in three matches.

“It’s fortunate that I actually started off playing hockey first before I played cricket,” said Param.

“So growing up, I kind of use what I’ve learnt in hockey, the strong wrists and manipulation of the ball when you play hockey. I just transfer those skills over to cricket which makes my technique not as orthodox.

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“So given that, over the years I’ve worked with my coaches as well and my mentors, and that’s where I have got that 360-degree sort of gameplay.”

Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea defeated Namibia by 81 runs with Tony Ura (71) and PNG captain Assad Vala (48) putting on 125 for the first wicket.

PNG finished on 197 for seven after its 20 overs.

Oman eased past Hong Kong by seven wickets while Canada got its campaign underway with a 53-run win over Jersey.

In all, 14 nations are vying for six places at next year’s World T20 in Australia by playing in the round-robin qualifiers in the UAE.