Dar female cricketer set for Dubai tournament     

04May 2022
Correspondent
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Dar female cricketer set for Dubai tournament     

TANZANIAN female cricket player, Fatuma Kibasu, has been selected as one of the world's leading female cricketers that will take part in the FairBreak Invitational T20 tournament which will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Fatuma Kibasu

This will be the world’s first privately funded tournament in women’s cricket history taking place in the UAE emirate in conjunction with Cricket Hong Kong.

A total of six teams, namely South Coast Sapphires, Warriors, Falcons, Spirit, Tornadoes, and Barmy Army will feature in the competition and 19 matches will be played throughout the tournament.

These six teams will have a total of 90 women cricketers from 35 countries.

Fatuma is a right-handed batter and right-arm-off spinner from Morogoro.

The prolific batter has two T20I centuries and three half-centuries in 17 T20Is. She has scored 604 runs at a strike rate of more than 120.

With the ball, she has accounted for 12 wickets in 13 innings.

This six-team FairBreak Invitational tournament is made up of players from all around the world and will be the world’s first privately funded tournament in women’s cricket history with the leading healthcare group Gencor as the lead sponsor.

According to Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) Media and Communication officer, Atif Salim, Fatuma hold an African record of scoring 143 runs not out and she is third in the world.

Salim pointed out: ''Fatuma is one of the selected female cricket players from Africa including Henrietta Ishimwe of Rwanda who will represent the Barmy Army team, Mary Anne Musonda of Zimbabwe will play for the Tornadoes, Marazzane Kapp, Laura Wolvaardt both from South Africa, among the selected."

The 32-year-old cricketer will play for the Spirit team that will as well constitute skipper Bismah Maroof (Pakistan), Sophia Dunkley (England), Nicola Carey (Australia), Chaya Mughal (UAE), Betty Chan (Hong Kong), Sarah Bryce (Scotland), Nattakan Chantam (Thailand), and GK Diviya (Singapore).

Anuradha Doddaballapur (Germany), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Ayabonga Khaka (South Africa), Shizuka Miyaji (Japan), Nattaya Boochatham (Thailand), and Yasmin Daswani (Hong Kong) complete the squad's list.

The coaching panel includes head coach Erin Osborne (Australia), and assistant coach, Esther De Lange (Netherlands), team manager is Vaishali Jesrani (Oman).

The other African cricketer in the Spirit squad is South African Ayabonga.

Mary Anne, Zimbabwe women's cricket side's captain, became the first female cricketer from the country to score an international century. She achieved the feat against Ireland last year.

She is a right-handed batter and has featured in eight ODIs and 21 T20Is so far, after making her international debut in 2019.

Henrietta, a right-handed batter and a right-arm speedster from Rwanda, will turn out for the Barmy Army squad.

She has featured in 31 T20Is since her debut in 2019. She has scored 260 runs and picked up 24 wickets.

Marazzane is the number one all-rounder in the world in WODIs. She is also the world’s number four bowler in WODIs.

The South-African all-rounder is one of the best in the business. She is a vastly experienced player with more than 200 international appearances.

She has also done well in franchise cricket like the Hundred and the Women's Big Bash League in which she was the player of the match in both the finals last year.

South Coast Sapphires outfit is made up of Sana Mir (captain), Shabnim Ismail, Maryam Omar, Jade Allen, Grace Harris, Emma Lai, Elyse Villani, Shebani Bhaskar, Natasha Farrant, Kim Garth, Kary Chan, Geetika Kodali, Babette de Leede, Gaby Lewis, and Christine Lovino.

Falcons outfit comprises Suzie Bates (captain), Danielle Wyatt, Britney Cooper, Marizanne Kapp, Mariko Hill, Theertha Satish, Sornnarin Tippoch, Kaia Arua, Nannapat Koncharoenkai, Christina Gough, Gunjan Shukla, Marina Lamplough, Chamari Athapaththu, Anju Gurung, and Jahanara Alam.

Sindhu Sriharsha (captain), Hayley Matthews, Georgia Redmayne, Mignon du Preez, Kathryn Bryce, Shamilia Connell, Esha Oza, Mariana Martinez, Celeste Raack, Udeshika Prabodhani, Yasmeen Khan, Shameelah Mosweu, Shanzeen Shahzad, Bella Poon, and Jennifer Alumbro are cricketers turning out for Warriors.

Barmy Army franchise consists of Heather Knight (captain), Selina Solman, Laura Wolvaardt, Tara Norris, Deandra Dottin, Henriette Ishimwe, Kavisha Kumari, Shemaine Campbell, Iqra Sahar, Fatima Sana, Rumana Ahmed, Laura Cardoso, Roberta Moretti Avery, Rubina Chhetri, and Ruchitha Venkatesh

The concept of 'FairBreak' was introduced in 2013 under the name Women’s International Cricket League (WICL).

The initial thought process behind 'FairBreak' was to provide more opportunities and remuneration to female cricketers. Gradually, the 'FairBreak' movement envisioned a world where people have fair and equal access to opportunities that enable them to succeed in their chosen endeavour, independent of gender or geographical location.

Cricket is used as a primary vehicle to achieve the objective of equality.

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