Musonda earns global recognition

...Invited for high profile Women's T20 tourney

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Mary-Anne Musonda

The profile of Zimbabwe women’s cricket captain Mary-Anne Musonda in international cricket continues to soar following her selection to feature in this year’s edition of the Fairbreak Invitational Women’s Cricket T20 tournament in Hong Kong from May 1-15.

The annual event, which is backed by the global gender equality initiative, FairBreak Global, will be run in conjunction with Cricket Hong Kong, the governing body for cricket in Hong Kong.

Musonda was among the three players announced by the organisation along with Pakistan’s rising star Fatim Sana and Singaporean captain Diviya GK, who is will be making another appearance as a Fairbreaker, having been a part of our programs in England, New Zealand and Australia.

“FairBreak is thrilled to announce that Mary-Anne Musonda, Diviya GK and Fatima Sana will be joining the FairBreak Invitational in May 2022,” the organisation said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Mary-Anne is the current captain of the Zimbabwe women national cricket team, a rising star that the world will take notice of in the FairBreak Invitational. We are beyond excited to have Mary-Anne on board with FairBreak.”

The FairBreak Invitational 2022 is a six-team ICC sanctioned competition 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.

Musona’s invitation to feature in the tournament is the latest recognition for the Zimbabwe skipper, whose profile in women’s international cricket has been on a gradual rise.

Two months ago Musonda was nominated for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month Award for October following her outstanding performance in the Southern African nation’s maiden ODI series against Ireland Women.

The nomination came after 30-year-old star scripted her name in history after becoming the first Zimbabwean female player to score an ODI century

Musonda’s feat inspired Zimbabwe’s four-wicket victory over Ireland in their first official ODI match.

Barely a month after her historic achievement, the Lady Chevrons captain became the first Zimbabwean female player to land a sponsorship deal after receiving a kit sponsorship from the British bat manufacturer Keeley Cricket.

Other leading cricket figures who have a relationship with the British company include Indian superstar Virat Kholi, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Liam Livingstone, and Rashid Khan.

The sponsorship was facilitated by Barbados-born Winston Weeks, a naturalised Briton who has strong links to this country.

 

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