The fam­ily of all-rounders

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Brighton Zhawi

ZIM­BABWE in­ter­na­tional crick­eter Chipo Mugeri was able to en­joy her time Down Un­der with Women’s Global Devel­op­ment team with next to no worry.

“Daddy Don­nie” was on the job on the home front.

Her hus­band is Zim­babwe in­ter­na­tional Don­ald Tiri­pano, who ap­par­ently is not just a good cricket all-rounder but also a great baby-sit­ter.

From tour­ing Bangladesh, Don­ald took on the tougher job of par­ent­ing alone as Chipo, also an all-rounder, left for Aus­tralia to join the Women’s Global Devel­op­ment squad.

The cou­ple has been mar­ried for seven years and has two chil­dren, Healy (7) and Anesu (1).

“Don­nie is an amaz­ing hus­band who is sup­port­ive, he is very im­por­tant in my life,” said 26-yearold Chipo last week.

Don­ald (30) says he en­joys time with kids and is ex­cited that his big­gest fans — Healy and Anesu — can now recog­nise him on TV when he is in ac­tion for Zim­babwe.

“We had a lot to catch up on, it has been a while since l was away on tour,” he said. “How­ever, the kids will partly be with their gogo, my mother whom we stay with, so I will be safe for some time from the babysit­ting de­mands. “I am told they now can recog­nise me on TV; they will be shout­ing ‘daddy’ when I am play­ing. They are my num­ber one sup­port­ers.” Chipo, who made her in­ter­na­tional de­but in a World Cup Qual­i­fier in South Africa at the age of 15, was in in Sydney with na­tional team mate, wicket-keeper Modester Mu­pachikwa. Mu­pachikwa, too, says she en­joyed the time in Aus­tralia. “We learnt quite a num­ber of bat­ting skills and also on the, men­tal ap­proach to the game,” said the 21-year-old. “Out­side play, we did some sight-see­ing, boat-cruis­ing, beach and yeah we used the elec­tri­cal train to go there.” The Women’s Global Devel­op­ment squad played five matches against Women’s Big Bash League teams Bris­bane Heat (1), Hur­ri­cane Ho­barts (2) and Sydney Thunder (2). The matches were part of a warm-up schedule for the three teams ahead of the start of the WBBL sea­son.

The Tiri­pano fam­ily

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