Fawad Ahmed


Bowls Right Arm Leg-Spin


Bowls Right Arm Leg-Spin








Melbourne University


Having fled Pakistan in 2010 after he was persecuted by religious extremists for his work with an NGO that helped educate women, Fawad Ahmed arrived in Australia as an asylum seeker and in 2012, he was granted permanent residency.

Having performed well in Melbourne grade cricket, the leg-spinner made his Big Bash League debut for Melbourne Renegades and then starred for Victoria in the second half of the 2012-13 season.

His form for the Vics impressed his captain Cameron White and former Test batsman Damien Martyn, who declared him the best spinner in Australia since Shane Warne.

Ahmed made his international limited-overs debut in August 2013 after Cricket Australia and the federal government worked together to expedite his citizenship.

Ahmed, a Muslim, courted controversy on debut when he followed the lead of South Africa’s Hashim Amla by declining to bear the logo of the team’s beer sponsor on his uniform.

He took 21 wickets in his first full Sheffield Shield season with Victoria the following summer plus six wickets in four Ryobi Cup matches.

Ahmed was the leading Shield wicket-taker in 2014-15, collecting 48 victims, including a best of 8/89, at 24.85 as the Bushrangers hoisted the silverware.

Fawad bags three as Scorchers spin through the Heat

Fawad Ahmed picked up three crucial wickets as he and spin partner Ashton Agar ripped through Brisband Heat at Metricon Stadium

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Fawad plays match-winning cameo for PM's XI

Fawad Ahmed was the unlikely hero with the bat for the Prime Minister's XI, hitting nine off seven balls before a wide on the final delivery of the match seal a thrilling one-wicket win over Sri Lanka

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Fawad's fizzing poles & freakish run-out

Thunder leggie Fawad Ahmed was in superb form with a couple of wickets and a stunning direct hit run-out against the Scorchers

Five countries in a week: Fawad’s epic trip to the CPL

Leg-spinner one of four Australian players who have gone to great lengths to play in the Caribbean Premier League amid a global health crisis

Agar turns to Scorchers spin twin Fawad

Australia T20 allrounder taking in plenty of valuable tips from his partnership with Perth Scorchers recruit and veteran spinner in BBL|09

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