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.

Thriller! Fawad heroics gift Bushrangers unlikely win

An inspired late spell of three wickets in 11 balls from Fawad Ahmed has gifted the Bushrangers a 23-run victory over NSW in Melbourne

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Fawad takes five as Bushrangers win a thriller

Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed picked up a five-wicket haul, including the final three wickets, as Victoria posted a crucial win over NSW at Junction Oval

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Fabulous Fawad collects three-wicket haul

Sydney Thunder leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed gabbed the key wickets of Alex Carey, Travis Head and Jonathan Wells in an impressive display

Fawad solves mystery of his missing bat

Spinner Fawad Ahmed reflects on a hilarious episode in the Sheffield Shield and the moment he went 'viral'

Hard work helps Fawad beat hard luck

He's fled the Taliban, picked fruit, played in three Sheffield Shield titles and represented his adopted country - but the leg-spinner's journey isn't over yet

Fawad to find friendly foes in Canada

Veteran spinner to spend time with banned former Australian teammates in Canadian T20 league later this year