This will be the world’s first privately funded tournament in the history of women’s cricket to be held in the United Arab Emirates in conjunction with Cricket Hong Kong.
A total of six teams namely South Coast Sapphires, Warriors, Falcons, Spirit, Tornadoes and Barmy Army will participate in the competition and 19 matches will be played throughout the tournament.
These six teams will have a total of 90 female cricketers from 35 countries.
Fatuma is a right-handed hitter and a right-arm spinner from Morogoro.
The prolific hitter has two T20I centuries and three half-centuries in 17 T20I. She scored 604 runs at a strike rate of over 120.
With the ball, she accounted for 12 wickets in 13 innings.
This six-team FairBreak Invitational tournament is made up of players from around the world and will be the world’s first privately funded tournament in women’s cricket history with leading healthcare group Gencor as title sponsor.
According to the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) Media and Communications Officer, Atif Salim, Fatuma holds an African record of 143 unrun runs and is third in the world.
Salim highlighted: ”Fatuma is one of the selected cricketers from Africa, including Henrietta Ishimwe of Rwanda who will represent Army Barmy team, Mary Anne Musonda of Zimbabwe will play for Tornadoes, Marazzane Kapp, Laura Wolvaardt both from South Africa, among the selected.”
The 32-year-old cricketer will play for the Spirit team which will also consist of skippers 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 roster.
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 team is South African Ayabonga.
Mary Anne, captain of the Zimbabwe women’s cricket team, has become the country’s first female cricketer to score an international century. She achieved the feat against Ireland last year.
She is a right-handed hitter and has featured in eight ODIs and 21 T20Is so far, having made her international debut in 2019.
Henrietta, a right-handed hitter and right-hand speedster from Rwanda, will report for the Barmy Army team.
She has played in 31 T20I since her debut in 2019. She has scored 260 runs and picked up 24 wickets.
Marazzane is the world’s number one all-rounder in WODI. She is also the fourth WODI bowler in the world.
The South African all-rounder is one of the best in the business. She is a very experienced player with over 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 player of the match in both finals last year.
The South Coast Sapphires outfit consists 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.
The Falcons outfit includes 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 the cricketers turn to the Warriors.
The Barmy Army franchise includes 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 as the Women’s International Cricket League (WICL).
The original thought process behind “FairBreak” was to provide more opportunities and compensation for female cricketers. Gradually, the “FairBreak” movement envisioned a world where people have fair and equal access to opportunities that allow them to succeed in their chosen endeavors, regardless of their gender or geographic location.
Cricket is used as the main vehicle to achieve the goal of equality.