Former Italian international Carl Sandri has been appointed Head Coach of Papua New Guinea.

The 37 year-old replaces Joe Dawes who is returning to Australia to spend more time with his family.

Sandri made his debut for Italy in 2012, playing 49 times scoring 1015 runs at 27.43, while taking 80 wickets at 19.56, with his best bowling return of 6-46 coming against the Cayman Islands in 2017.

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He will have responsibility for Papua New Guinea's three national squads and run the high performance unit and talent identifcation programmes.

He has also experience in the Big Bash with Sydney Thunder, plus coaching roles within Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria, the Big Bash League and the Italian national team.

"He has coached and played all over the world, providing him with an in-depth knowledge of what is required to be successful as an International Cricket Council associate member," said PNG CEO Greg Campbell.

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"Joe has done an outstanding job over the last three years and I'm sure Carl is the coach to progress this work in what is a very big year for CPNG, in particular the Barramundis' T20 World Cup debut.

"There will be a handover period where Joe and Carl will work closely with the coaching staff and players to manage a smooth transition."