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Fawad Ahmed

Bowler

Bowls Right Arm Leg-Spin

Bowler

Bowls Right Arm Leg-Spin

AGE
35
HEIGHT
CM
BORN

Pakistan

COUNTRY

Australia

Australia
STATE

VIC

VIC
LOCAL CLUB

Melbourne University

Bio

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.

Watch all 10 Redbacks first innings wickets

Victoria's Scott Boland picked up four and Fawad Ahmed ran through the tail with three quick ones to bowl South Australia out for 322 at the MCG


11:22 Day-5-highlights-Head-defiant-Vics-triumphant-still

Day 5 highlights: Head defiant, Vics triumphant

Travis Head made a fine 137no to ensure the Sheffield Shield final was drawn, but Victoria celebrated an historic three-peat in Alice Springs


0:51 Fawad-shines-on-final-day-of-Shield-final-still

Fawad shines on final day of Shield final

Fawad Ahmed took three wickets on day five of the Shield final as Victoria prepared to celebrate an historic three-peat in Alice Springs


Fawad puts pen to paper with Thunder

Leg-spinner recommits to Big Bash League club after an impressive two seasons


JLT One-Day Cup: The top performers

A look at the top 10 run-scorers and wicket-takers from three weeks of one-day action


Holland spins out of JLT Cup

Victoria lose second key bowler to injury after tweaker going under the knife with knee complaint