Forty-eight cricket pitches will be built and installed across Papua New Guinea over the next two years, which is expected to boost overall playing numbers by up to 30,000.

The US$400,000 project will be paid for out of the 2015 Cricket World Cup Community Facility Fund, a joint legacy project by the ICC, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket, in partnership with the Australian Government.

Cricket PNG CEO Greg Campbell said the local community has been asking for new facilities for a number of years.