Six new FairBreakers welcomed to the team

The last few days have been an incredible show of athleticism and talent. We’re proud to welcome six new FairBreakers to the team, presented with their numbered caps at Bradman Oval.

Welcome (L-R holding grey caps) Kary Chan (Hong Kong), Sindhu Sriharsha (USA), Nasimana Navaika (Vanuatu), Geeitka Kodali (USA), Linsey Smith (England), Hannah Trethewy (NSW).

FairBreakers and cricket legends Australia’s Alex Blackwell and Pakistan’s Sana Mir presented the newly inducted team members before the game on Saturday.

Once players are part of the FairBreak team, they are forever a FairBreaker. We don’t ‘drop’ players but continue to develop their skills and experiences, being selected to be involved in different games around the world with the FairBreak team as players or in coaching or management roles.

As cricketers, these women are talented and dedicated to their sport. As individuals, they are kind, collaborative, unique humans who each bring to the team their own kind of joy and warmth.

We’re so pleased to have you join us. Thank you.

2020-02-23T23:25:14-05:00February 23rd, 2020|News|

Statement: Botswana player Shameelah Mosweu’s visa has been denied

– Shaun Martyn, FairBreak Founder

We regret to inform you that, despite numerous representations to government officials in Australia and also to the Botswanan High Commission, we have been unable to secure a Visa for Shameelah Mosweu to take her place as part of a FairBreak Global XI in a historic cricket match against the first-ever Bradman Women’s XI in Bowral this Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Shameelah is an outstanding player and person. She is an international player for Botswana and took part in a FairBreak program in England in 2019. Shameelah impressed everyone with the quality of her play, and her commitment to her teammates and the broader FairBreak agenda. It was with great enthusiasm and pleasure that we invited her to be part of our program in Australia from February 17-23, 2020.

Shameelah has been denied that opportunity as she is deemed a flight risk. Shameelah is a University student in England sponsored by her Government and the Botswanan Sports Commission. It is absurd she is being considered a security risk.

The denial of this opportunity goes against everything that Australia aspires to in proclaiming a ‘fair go’ for all.

Shameelah is a great example for the young men and women of Botswana and every country where opportunities to perform on a world stage are limited. She deserves, as does everyone, the right to accept opportunities to showcase talent and continue to grow as a person and inspire.

The FairBreak XI typically consists of 12 players from 9 countries including 5 national captains; Shameelah’s absence will be greatly missed. In our game this weekend, our team will be captained by Wisden’s Captain of the Decade, Sana Mir from Pakistan. Sana is also the recent recipient of the Asian Game Changer Award, a humanitarian award recognising the great contribution an individual has made to Asia and the world.

We fully support Shameelah in every way we can and continue in our endeavours to have her as part of the team.

Shameela receiving her cap from Wisden’s captain of the decade Sana Mir in England 2019.

Shameela with Sterre Kalis from the Netherlands

2020-02-17T00:34:35-05:00February 17th, 2020|News|

Two FairBreak games and a High Tea on 22 February, Bowral

We hope you’ll join us for the very first FairBreak Global XI v Bradman XI game on 22 February, 2.15–5.00 pm.

We hope you’ll also come early for the preliminary match from 10.15 am–1.00 pm between FairBreak 2 and Sydney Cricket Club.

You’re also invited to join us at a High Tea with Ann Sherry AO, Chair of UNICEF, at Bradman Museum: 12.30 – 2.10 pm. $45 includes High Tea & Admission to the museum. For details or High Tea bookings,
visit www.bradman.com.au.

Thanks to: Gencor, Technology One, Vocus Communications.

 

2020-01-31T04:15:08-05:00January 31st, 2020|News|

How women are helping cricket become the new world game

– Article by Geoff Lawson

Image source: SMH – Alex Blackwell 

It’s a confusing time in the cricket world – in a good way.

Confusion caused by so much activity from the flannelled fools; a plethora of fixtures and formats that would make Roy and HG shudder. Just when is too much cricket not enough?

We have already had two Test series, completed a domestic 50-over competition, the Sheffield Shield is three-quarters done, half of the WNCL has been played, the WBBL is done and dusted, we’re just past the halfway point in the BBL, the Australian men’s team is on a trip (couldn’t really call it a tour) to India – and that’s all before Australia Day.

Reverse sweeping towards us is the women’s T20 tri-series against India and England, followed by the Women’s T20 World Cup – which will be opened, slogged, swatted and closed between February 15 and March 8. For the aficionados, you can even follow Australia A versus the English Lions men’s series.

Plenty to pontificate about or just sit back and watch as the various spectacles unfold on our screens or up close and personal in the stands. And that’s just the home fixtures. Australia are also contesting the Under-19 World Cup now in South Africa against the likes of Nigeria and Japan.

Fortunately, the Fairbreak organisat