Bhutan Women’s cricket team vice-captain, Anju Gurung has been selected to participate in the first world FairBreak Invitational Women’s T20 Cricket tournament to be staged in Hong Kong in May 2022.
The 28-year-old will be the first Bhutanese female cricketer to play in an international league tournament.
The left-arm speedster will play in one of the six teams along with some of the world’s greatest international female cricketers.
Anju shared her excitement and said, “As a cricketer, we always look forward to playing on such big stages and I am looking forward to playing in Hong Kong along with the international players.”
“It’ll be a great learning curve for me and also an opportunity to showcase the hidden talents from associate members like Bhutan,” she said. “I hope to pave a pathway for my team and other players from Bhutan.”
The FairBreak Invitational tournament is also the first privately funded tournament for women’s cricket organised by FairBreak Global. It will be in conjunction with the National Cricket Association of Hong Kong. It is a first of a kind tournament approved under the international cricket council (ICC).
Bhutan Cricket’s chief executive officer, Damber Gurung, said this was a good opportunity for women’s cricket and for many associate member countries like Bhutan.
“It’s an opportunity to display their talent. I have trained Anju personally and I believe she will do wonders at the tournament with her pace and bowling intelligence,” Damber said.
He added that he wrote to the managing director of FairBreak Global, Shaun Martyn, after learning about the tournament. “I had sent preliminary videos of some potential players from Bhutan as per the requirements, and Anju was selected.”
Edited by Tshering Palden