Bichel, 39, played 19 tests and 67 one day internationals
He announced his retirement from cricket earlier this year, surrendering to a nagging shoulder injury. “I've managed to come back from injury before,” he said at the time, “but this is the first challenging test I've failed.”
No one agreed with that analysis. The veteran Queenslander had been forced to have shoulder surgery at the end of last season and it didn’t work out as well as was hoped.
Bichel was always a model of enthusiasm and determination on the cricket field, he bowled fast and was just as quick with a smile.
He played 17 seasons for
Bichel took 58 Test wickets at 32.2 and hit 355 runs with a highest score of 71 in Test matches. He picked up the great Brian Lara five times in Tests and three times in one-day internationals.
His performances in one day games were outstanding. They included a 2003 World Cup match in which he skittled England by picking up 7 for 20 then rescuing a doomed run chase with 34 not out in a match-winning 73-run last wicket stand with Michael Bevan.
He’s described as a genuine competitor who puts the team first, and it’s hard to see that PNG cricket – which has heaps of latent talent that needs development – could have found a more capable leader.