Sydney Thunder leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has signed a new two-year contract with the KFC Big Bash League club.
Fawad has 15 wickets in his first two seasons at the Thunder, including a haul of 4-14 against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG in January, the best figures of any bowler in their history. His victims included Nic Maddinson, Moises Henriques and New Zealand international Colin Munro.
“I’ve had an amazing experience, I’m extremely happy to be part of the club,” Fawad said.
“I have made some really good friends and enjoyed the past two seasons in Sydney, which is a great city. Hopefully we can win the championship again and I can keep making contributions for the team.
“I love spending the summer in Sydney, it’s such a multi-cultural city. It’s very easy for me to go out for food or to the mosque. It’s my favourite time of the year.”
Fawad is an ambassador for the Thunder's leadership program, which uses cricket to engage and inspire students through cricket.
“There’s a large population in the Western Sydney suburbs from the sub-continent and I think it’s important to use cricket for good,” he said.
“I want to get involved in the community and maybe help produce some players for Sydney Thunder and Australia but more importantly to bring different communities together.”
Sydney Thunder Director of Cricket Michael Hussey credits Fawad for playing an important role in the side.
“Fawad showed his class last season, really putting teams under pressure with his leg spin,” Hussey said.
“His four wickets at the SCG will be long remembered by Thunder supporters and it was a good result for a fine season.
"Fawad plays an important role working with our young spinners and we’re looking forward seeing him once again in green this season.”
Sydney Thunder open their BBL campaign against the Sixers at Spotless Stadium on December 19.
Sydney Thunder BBL|07 Squad: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Jay Lenton, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell McClenaghan, Arjun Nair, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu