‘For cricketers in Brazil, it is so much more than a game’

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In the latest episode of the podcast we chat with Roberta Moretti Avery, the captain of the Brazilian women’s cricket team.

Roberta talks about how she stumbled upon cricket and describes the growing popularity of the game in Brazil – especially among women.

Note: Readers in India can now buy Mike Marqusee’s classic cricket book War Minus The Shooting on Flipkart and Amazon. Readers outside India, can buy the book on Amazon.

Talking Points:

  • Roberta’s transition from golf to cricket, and the freedom of a 360-degree swing
  • The Brazilian version of street-cricket called Taco
  • Setting up pathways for young girls to progress through the system
  • The challenge of explaining the complexity of cricket to those new to the game
  • Changing the grammar of cricket with a mix of English and Portuguese
  • The exposure one gains from tournaments like the Fairbreak Invitational
  • Supporting women cricketers in their late 20s and early 30s
  • A five-year vision for Brazil cricket


Roberta Moretti Avery (@MorettiAvery)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)



The Brazlian city with more cricketers than footballers – Melinda Farrell – Sporting News

Why cricket is gaining popularity in Brazil – The Economist

How cricket is gaining new ground in Brazil – Shashank Kishore – ESPNcricinfo

Matt Featherstone on cricket in Brazil – ICC

Cricket growing in popularity in Brazil – CGTN America

Cricket Female Initiative of the Year – ICC

Brazil v Canada, 2021 – @CricketBadge – Twitter

Cricket’s Fair Break – Jarrod Kimber – YouTube




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