Hosts Japan have won the East Asia Pacific Under-19 World Cup qualifier in bizarre fashion after Papua New Guinea forfeited the final - and deciding - match between the two sides.

Japan and Papua New Guinea were unbeaten going into the final day after wins over Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu and the match would determine who would qualify for next year's main event in South Africa.

But on the morning of the match, Cricket Papua New Guinea issued a statement stating that eleven players had been "suspended for internal disciplinary reasons and failing to adhere to our strict codes of conduct".

No details of the reasons for suspension have been issues with Cricket PNG stating that they would address the issue further on their return to Port Moresby, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

For Japan it will be their first time appearing in a major ICC event, and will join 11 full members (Ireland have to play the European qualifier in the Netherlands next month), Asian qualifiers United Arab Emirates, fellow surprise qualifiers Nigeria from the Africa region and the winners of a five team Americas qualifier in Canada, also scheduled for next month.