Cricketer, 24, from Botswana is sent home from Australia after she was refused a visa because she was considered a ‘flight risk’
- Shameelah Mosweu, 24, was considered a “flight risk” and refused an Australian visa
- The cricket player would play in a T20 game for women in Bowral on Saturday
- Gender equality organization FairBreak hurled the rejection as ‘absurd’
- The founder of FairBreak said it goes directly against Australia’s ‘fair go for all’
- Mosweu now studied in England and had ‘limited opportunities’ in Botswana
A young Botswana cricket player is considered a ‘flight risk’ and has refused entry to Australia to play in an international T20 match.
Shameelah Mosweu, 24, played in the FairBreak Global XI on Saturday against the Bradman Women’s XI in Bowral in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
Gender equality organization FairBreak has announced that Mosweu’s visa application was rejected on Monday.
In a statement, FairBreak founder Shaun Martyn said, “The denial of this possibility goes against everything Australia is aiming at proclaiming a ‘fair go’ for everyone.”
Botswanian cricket player Shameelah Mosweu, 24, would play in the Bowral women’s T20 game on Saturday. Gender equality organization FairBreak has announced that Mosweu’s visa application was rejected on Monday
Martyn said that Australian government officials and representatives of the High Commission of Botswan had argued in vain on behalf of Mosweu.
The founder of FairBreak refused the ‘absurd’ decision to ban the young cricket player.
“Shameelah has been denied that opportunity because it is considered a flight risk,” said Mr. Martyn.
“Shameelah is a university student in England, sponsored by her government and the Botswanan Sports Commission. It is absurd that it is considered a safety risk. ”
Martyn said that “Shameelah’s absence will be greatly missed” in the FairBreak Global XI, which consists of 12 female players from nine different countries.
“Shameelah is a great example for the young men and women of Botswana and any country where opportunities to act on a global stage are limited,” said Mr. Martyn.
“Like everyone else, she deserves the right to accept opportunities to show talent and to continue to grow as a person and to inspire.”
FairBreak founder Shaun Martyn closed the “absurd” decision to prevent Mosweu from entering Australia. “The denial of this opportunity goes against everything Australia is pursuing in proclaiming a ‘fair go’ for everyone,” he said
Mosweu (right) with two other cricket players from the FairBreak program in England last year. The young cricket player is a university student in England sponsored by her government and the Botswanan Sports Commission
Mosweu, an international player, took part in the FairBreak cricket program in England for the first time last year.
“Shameelah impressed everyone with the quality of her game and her commitment to her teammates and the broader FairBreak agenda,” said Mr. Martyn.
“With great enthusiasm and pleasure, we have invited her to participate in our program in Australia from 17-23 February 2020.”
The ICC T20 Women’s World Cup runs from February 21 to March 8, which would have given Mosweu the chance to watch matches and meet other players.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Ministry of the Interior for comments.
Mosweu is depicted with former Pakistani captain Sana Mir. She would play with Mir in the FairBreak Global XI, which consists of 12 female players from nine different countries