Barmy Army Unveils Team for Inaugural Fairbreak International T20 tournament
World-famous supporters’ organisation, the Barmy Army, has announced its involvement in the FairBreak Invitational 2022, the world’s first privately funded tournament in women’s cricket. The Barmy Army team will be captained by England skipper Heather Knight.
The tournament is an ICC sanctioned, T20 franchise competition that begins on May 1st, 2022, at the Dubai International Stadium.
It has been created by FairBreak, a global initiative using cricket as a primary vehicle to create pathways for women to have better access to opportunities, education, and high-performance roles.
Since its founding in 1994, the Barmy Army has similarly been committed to optimising the experience of cricket for all, evolving into a world-renowned cricket community, membership organisation and leading travel operator for England’s overseas tours.
Its team for the competition will be coached by Lydia Greenway, one of the most capped England players of all time, and also features world-class players from the likes of Rwanda, Brazil and the UAE, including South African sensation Laura Wolvaardt. They will face five other teams in a tournament consisting of 19 matches and featuring some of the best female cricketers in the game.
The Barmy Army team’s full schedule is shown below:
- 05/05/22 – Barmy Army v Spirit - 7pm GMT
- 06/05/22 – Barmy Army v Falcons - 7pm GMT
- 08/05/22 – Tornadoes v Barmy Army - 11pm GMT
- 10/05/22 – Barmy Army v Sapphires - 7pm GMT
- 12/05/22 – Barmy Army v Warriors - 11pm GMT
Heather Knight, Captain of the England women's cricket team stated: “I think it is such a unique tournament. I think one of the goals of the Fairbreak Tournament is to grow the game globally and I think you only do that by bringing up associate nations that don’t usually get the opportunities that some of the top nations do. It’s such a unique mix of players, such a unique tournament, there’s nothing like it in men’s or women’s cricket.”
Paul Burnham, the co-founder of the Barmy Army, added: “The Barmy Army is recognised around the world for having the most passionate and exciting supporters. Not only do we love cricket, but our mission is to optimise the enjoyment of the sport for all. That is why it was so important for us as an organisation to take part in this truly exciting tournament. Our values align with Fairbreak and we are both seeking to open the game to a wider audience with a focus on women, families, and younger supporters”.
Every match of the Fairbreak International T20 tournament can be watched live and exclusive on FreeSports, available on Sky 422, Freeview 65, Virgin TV 553, BT/TalkTalk 64, Samsung TV Plus and online through the FreeSports Player at: www.freesportsplayer.tv/.