AFTER watching her help Lady Chevrons seal a semi-final berth at the ongoing International Cricket Council Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, we reveal that pacey bowler Francisca Chipare took a mini break from his work-related learning stint at Wildlife Conservation Action stationed at the organization’s Shangani Large Carnivore Project and travel with the national team to United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Born on 1 October 1998 in Masvingo, Chipare is currently at Chinhoyi University of Technology pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Ecology, and Conservation.
Besides her academic life, Chipare has greatly shown her soft spot for the bat and the ball in the process helping Lady Chevrons to start their UAE campaign with two resounding victories, first by eight wickets over Papua New Guinea on Sunday and by six wickets over highly ranked Thailand on Monday.
Zimbabwe, the favourites together with Bangladesh to win the tournament which concludes on Sunday are on top of Group B with four points, followed by Thailand on two points.
Chipare was named in Zimbabwe’s Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) squad for their series against Pakistan in February 2021. The tour was called off after just one match due to the Covid-19 pandemic with Chipare missing out on her chance to debut.
She was also named in Zimbabwe’s Women’s One Day International (WODI) squad for their series against Ireland in October 2021. In November 2021, she was again named in Zimbabwe’s WODI squad, this time for their series against Bangladesh. She made her WODI debut on 10 November 2021, for Zimbabwe against Bangladesh. Later the same month, she was named in Zimbabwe’s team for the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe.
In April 2022, she was named in Zimbabwe’s WT20I squad for the 2022 Capricorn Women’s Tri-Series. She made her WT20I debut on 21 April 2022, for Zimbabwe against Uganda.