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'I finish cricket, have two days' rest, then switch to rugby': Precious Marange on her Zimbabwe caps – New Zimbabwe.com

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Representing your country in one sport is quite an achievement. Doing so in two is exceptional. Precious Marange plays both cricket and rugby for Zimbabwe’s women’s teams – while holding down a full-time job, being a mother and supporting her wider family.

Marange, 39, is one of the older players in the Eagles women’s cricket team and a role model for a new generation of Zimbabwean sportswomen. At Sunrise Sports Club, about three miles west of central Harare, her voice can be heard bellowing instructions to players bowling under the watchful eye of their coach.

The match begins with Marange thrown into the bowling attack; rapturous applause reverberates around the pitch. She claims her first wicket, giving the Eagles an edge over the visiting Mountaineers.

“I’m one of the senior players here and it is encouraging to see youngsters rise through the ranks,” Marange says. “My passion is to see them grow into international cricketers like myself.”

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Precious Marange celebrates as the Zimbabwe women’s national cricket team, the Lady Chevrons, beat Ireland in a one-day match in Harare in 2018. Photograph: Zimbabwe Cricket

Over the past decade, there has been a steady rise in the popularity of women’s cricket in Zimbabwe, and Marange – a single mother – has inspired many others to take up the sport.

She was working as a housemaid when she first saw a game of cricket on her employers’ television. When they went out, she would switch it on to watch matches as she worked. “It was 2004, and the television set was still black and white, but it was all cricket,” she says.

A few weeks later, she was walking past Takashinga cricket club in Harare, where women’s cricket had just been introduced. One of the first black cricket clubs, Takashinga is where most of Zimbabwe’s leading players have emerged from.

Marange doesn’t know what gave her the courage to go in and tell the coaches she wanted to play, but she did. They soon discovered she had a talent.

“I was still working as a maid in Highfield,” she says. “I used to sneak out for practice. This continued until I got my first break in 2006 to travel with the team to Botswana and an African qualifier the same year.

“I remember walking for more than 10km with my friend Modester [Mupachikwa] to the training ground. The love I have for the game fuelled my drive.”

In 2008, Marange boarded her first flight to South Africa for a match against Pakistan. “My coach told me to be an all-rounder to increase my chances of being selected.”

Lineup of 12 captains, all in rugby kit. Two central players hold rugby balls

Precious Marange (fourth from left) with other national team captains at the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens 2019 tournament in Monastir, Tunisia. Photograph: APO Group/Getty Images

It was a teammate, Yvonne Rainsford, who played for Zimbabwe, who suggested Marange might want to try rugby. She says: “Yvonne encouraged me to try the sport because of my physical fitness, and I made the national team for a regional tournament instantly. Ever since, I have been playing sevens and 15s rugby.”

“My desire is to inspire young players to become better. I want the youngsters to see a role model in me.”

Schedules can be demanding but Marange says: “Camps do not clash normally. When I finish cricket camp, I just need two days’ rest before joining the rugby camp. I feel proud to be able to represent my country at the highest level.”

However, despite being signed to the national teams, she doesn’t earn enough to support her son, mother and extended family and has a day job at a steel manufacturing company. “I played for 10 years for nothing,” she says. “I just wanted to be the best I could be in the sport.

“As you know, money is never enough. I always need more to be able to take care of my big family. My boss is a former rugby player, so she understands when I have games. She encourages me to go and play. I can even go for a month away from work, but whenever I come back, I work hard.”

Zimbabwean women’s cricket is now producing several players for overseas teams, says the national team’s new coach, Gary Brent. “I’m impressed with the standard,” he adds. “There is nothing stopping us. What we need is to get the talent out of the players on the big stage.”

Marange wants to be known not just as a sportswoman, but as a pioneer who helped nurture young talent. “I still have more playing days, but when I retire, I’d like to work as a fitness trainer. My desire is to inspire young players to become better. I want the youngsters to see a role model in me.”

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Afghanistan Announce Squad for Zimbabwe Tour, Zia-ur-Rehman Gets Maiden Call-up – News18

Afghanistan on Tuesday announced two squads for their white-ball tour of Zimbabwe, which begins on June 4.

The two teams will first play three ODIs, which form a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Afghanistan are currently fifth on the CWCSL table with 70 points, while Zimbabwe are 12th with just 35 points.

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The ODI series will be followed by three T20Is, beginning 11 June. All matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club.

The 24-year-old Zia-ur-Rahman Akbar, who was the leading wicket-taker in the Green Afghanistan One-Day Cup, has got his maiden call-up. The left-arm spinner picked up 14 wickets in the tournament in just five matches in his team Hindukush Strikers’ winning campaign.

All-rounder Gulbadin Naib, who was a part of the Afghanistan squad that played the ODI series against Bangladesh in February this year, has been left out. Left-arm spinner Noor Ahmad and medium-pacer Nijat Masoud have been named as reserves.

Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who is named in the ODI squad and is missing from the T20I list. Joining him is 21-year-old leg-spinner Qais Ahmad. They have been replaced by Noor Ahmad and right-handed batter Ihsanullah Janat. Left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan and the left-arm fast bowler Sayed Ahmad Shirzad are the reserves.

ODI squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah (vc), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhail (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan, Riaz Hassan, Shahidullah Kamal, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zia ur Rahman Akbar

Reserves: Noor Ahmad, Nijat Masoud

T20I squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran (vc), Afsar Zazai (wk), Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ihsanullah Janat, Karim Janat, Nijat Masoud, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Usman Ghani

Reserves: Zahir Khan, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad

ODI Itinerary:

June 4 – 1st ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

June 6 – 2nd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

June 9 – 3rd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

T20I Itinerary:

June 11 – 1st T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

June 12 – 2nd T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

June 14 – 3rd T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

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GT vs RR Live Streaming Online, Tv IPL 2022 IPL 2022 Qualifier 1: When and Where to watch GT vs RR Match – India TV News

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Rajasthan Royals will take on Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2022 Qualifier 1 at the Eden Gardens.

Gujarat Titans will take on Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 1 at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. Gujarat, led by Hardik Pandya has been in red hot form with the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan blowing hot and cold, but still making it to the Playoffs. 

Here are the Live Streaming Details of Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals. 

Where can I watch Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals match in India?

The GT vs RR match will be live telecast on Star Sports Network. Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3, and Star Gold 2 channels will telecast the match.

Where can I watch GT vs RR Match Online, Live Streaming? 

You can watch live streaming of GT vs RR match on Disney+ Hotstar.

Where can I watch GT vs RR match in South Africa and Zimbabwe? 

The match will be telecast on SuperSports Cricket in South Africa and Zimbabwe and also in other African countries.

Where can I watch GT vs RR match in the United Kingdom (UK)?

Sky Sports will live telecast the GT vs RR match in the United Kingdom.

Where can I watch GT vs RR match in the West Indies? 

Flow Sports will telecast the match in the West Indies. 

Where can I watch GT vs RR match in the United States?

Willow TV will telecast IPL matches in the United States and Canada.

Where can I watch GT vs RR match in Australia?

Fox Sports and Fox Cricket will live telecast the match in Australia 

Where can I watch the GT vs RR match in New Zealand?

Sky Sports live telecast the match between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals.

Gujarat Titans Probable Playing XI: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade/Alzarri Joseph, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami

Rajasthan Royals Probable XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy

Match Details

GT vs RR, Indian Premier League 2022, Qualifier 1

Date and Time: 24th May 2022, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

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Zia-ur-Rehman gets maiden call-up in Afghanistan squad for Zimbabwe ODIs – International Cricket Council

Afghanistan have named two 16-member squads for their white-ball tour of Zimbabwe, which begins on 4 June.

The two teams will first play three ODIs, which form a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Afghanistan are currently fifth on the CWCSL table with 70 points, while Zimbabwe are 12th with just 35 points.

The ODI series will be followed by three T20Is, beginning 11 June. All matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club.

Twenty-four-year-old Zia-ur-Rahman Akbar, who was the leading wicket-taker in the Green Afghanistan One-Day Cup, has got his maiden call-up. The left-arm spinner picked up 14 wickets in the tournament in just five matches in his team Hindukush Strikers’ winning campaign.

All-rounder Gulbadin Naib, who was a part of the Afghanistan squad that played the ODI series against Bangladesh in February this year, has been left out. Left-arm spinner Noor Ahmad and medium-pacer Nijat Masoud have been named as reserves.

Missing from the T20I list is off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who is named in the ODI squad and was a part of the T20Is against Bangladesh. Joining him is 21-year-old leg-spinner Qais Ahmad. They have been replaced by Noor Ahmad and right-handed batter Ihsanullah Janat.

Left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan and the left-arm fast bowler Sayed Ahmad Shirzad are the reserves.

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ODI squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah (vc), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhail (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan, Riaz Hassan, Shahidullah Kamal, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zia ur Rahman Akbar

Reserves: Noor Ahmad, Nijat Masoud

T20I squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran (vc), Afsar Zazai (wk), Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ihsanullah Janat, Karim Janat, Nijat Masoud, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Usman Ghani

Reserves: Zahir Khan, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad

ODI Itinerary:

4 June – 1st ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

6 June – 2nd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

9 June – 3rd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare

T20I Itinerary:

11 June – 1st T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

12 June – 2nd T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

14 June – 3rd T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare

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