“Once a FairBreaker, always a FairBreaker” – a post by Shameelah Mosweu, FairBreaker #9

– Shameela Mosweu, Botswana FairBreaker 

The team greet Shameelah on arrival at Bradman Oval

Now that everything has calmed down, I can finally post.

So, as some of you might have seen, I was originally denied a visa to go play cricket for FairBreak Global in Australia. A little background on FairBreak – this is an organisation that promotes gender equality and ladies from different countries get invited to play in the global XI squad. My visa got denied because the Australian government thought I was a “flight risk”.

This story ended up in the papers both in Australia and Botswana, which was crazy for me to process. Due to the backlash from the public, my visa got overturned and I was immediately flown to Australia.

I managed to play in a historic game which is a major privilege for me as a female cricketer.

I just want to take this moment to thank everyone for the messages and the support. I don’t know how I would have handled all of this without all of you. I also want to thank the media for writing up about this, one of the reasons the visa got overturned.

But a special thank you to the FairBreak team; from management to the players for all your support, fighting for me, believing in me and my cricket abilities and also inviting me on the tour (my 2nd tour for FairBreak). This has all been a crazy experience but an experience I’ll never forget.

I can not thank everyone enough.

Cricket was played hard and memories for a lifetime were made, and I look forward to what the future holds for FairBreak and myself.

Once again, a massive thank you to everyone for everything. I really appreciate it and will forever be thankful for this amazing opportunity.

Once a FairBreaker, always a FairBreaker.

#fairbreaker #genderequality #fortheloveofthegame

Shameelah Mosweu, Botswana – FairBreak player #9

2022-04-29T15:30:22-04:00March 3rd, 2020|News|

Introducing the inaugural Blackwell-Mir Trophy

There are many venues in the world that would love to play for the Blackwell-Mir trophy. We have named it this in honour of two of the greatest players to walk on a cricket field – Alex Blackwell and Sana Mir. Two wonderful humans who have inspired thousands with their actions on and off the field.

One time adversaries who are now great friends, joined under the FairBreak banner as players in the same team, but who also honour their commitments to teams that may see them come together on opposing sides.

Twelve FairBreakers from around the world competed with some of the best young cricket talent in Australia at Bradman Oval on February 22, 2020, led by Australia’s Alex Blackwell and Pakistan’s Sana Mir. All players demonstrated to their communities, and on a global scale, that they are as good as anyone, anywhere. More importantly, they formed bonds that will outlast their cricket careers.

We are proud to introduce the Blackwell-Mir Trophy that will serve as a reminder of these two great players. We want to ensure that this game is about the cricketers and those who support them on and off the field; the wonderful human beings who dedicate their talent and time to this great sport.

2020-03-02T02:05:40-05:00March 2nd, 2020|News|

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|