Fawad Ahmed

  • Usman Khawaja in row over beer logo on uniform October 22, 2013

    Sydney: Australian batsman Usman Khawaja may follow fellow Muslim Fawad Ahmed and refuse to wear a uniform with a beer brand logo, but admits that cementing his Test place comes first. Khawaja, the first Muslim to wear the baggy green, told The Sydney Morning Herald he had considered whether it was...
  • Michael Clarke doubtful for crucial fifth ODI September 15, 2013

    Southampton: Australia captain Michael Clarke could miss the fifth one-day international against England on Monday after suffering a recurrence of his chronic back problem. The Australians had already planned to recall opener Phil Hughes in place of Shaun Marsh, who is ruled out after hurting his hamstring in the fourth one-dayer,...
  • Australian rugby great Campese sorry for telling Fawad to 'go home' September 10, 2013

    Australian rugby great David Campese has apologised for a Twitter outburst in which he said Muslim cricketer Fawad Ahmed should "go home" if he refused to wear a beer logo on his shirt. Cricket Australia agreed to the Pakistan-born leg-spinner's request not to wear the sponsorship logo of beer brand...
  • Fawad Ahmed unmoved by logo row, says George Bailey September 7, 2013

    London: Australia's Fawad Ahmed is unconcerned by the furore his move in not wearing a beer sponsor's logo on his shirt has sparked, according to one-day international vice-captain George Bailey. Pakistan-born legspinner Ahmed, who became an Australian citizen in July after his application was fast-tracked, did not have the VB beer...
  • CA chief lashes out at racist abuse of Ahmed September 4, 2013

    Sydney: Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has lashed out at "racist comments" directed at Muslim Fawad Ahmed after the legspinner asked not to wear a kit displaying the logo of beer brand VB. Pakistan-born Ahmed, who became an Australian citizen in July after his application was fast-tracked, did not have the...
  • Australia allows Ahmed to drop beer logo from shirt September 3, 2013

    Sydney: Cricket Australia (CA) have agreed to let Muslim legspinner Fawad Ahmed compete without the logo of a sponsor's beer brand on his shirt out of respect for his "personal beliefs". Australia's touring international teams have competed with the logo of Victoria Bitter, a popular locally-brewed beer, on their shirts for...
  • 2nd T20: England look to avoid another Finch master-class August 30, 2013

    Durham: England might still be recovering from the storm Aaron Finch created with his devastating knock. The 26-year-old from Victoria smashed 156 off just 63 balls, hitting more sixes (14) than fours (11) as Australia posted a mammoth 248 in 20 overs in the first Twenty20 international at The Rose...
  • Nathan Lyon wants to play for Australia in all formats August 17, 2013

    Australia spinner Nathan Lyon, who had a good show in the fourth Ashes Test, has declared that he wants to represent Australia in all three formats of the game. Lyon picked up three wickets for Australia in the tour match against the England Lions at Northampton. After taking seven wickets in...
  • Pakistanborn Fawad Ahmed in Australia's ODI squad August 15, 2013

    Melbourne: New Australian citizen Fawad Ahmed has been selected as the lead spinner in an 18man squad for Australia's oneday and Twenty20 series in England and Scotland. Ahmed was granted Australian citizenship in July. He played 10 firstclass matches in Pakistan before arriving in Australia in 2010 seeking asylum. "Fawad has...
  • Fawad Ahmed granted Australian citizenship July 10, 2013

    Melbourne: Pakistanborn legspinner Fawad Ahmed Wednesday officially became an Australian citizen at a citizenship ceremony conducted by Minister Brendan O'Connor at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices. After getting the news last week that his citizenship application was successful, Wednesday's ceremony completed the fulfilment of a dream for the 31yearold Ahmed. "It is a...
  • Family backs Fawad Ahmed to bamboozle England at Ashes July 3, 2013

    Karachi: Family and friends welcomed Australia's decision to give citizenship to Pakistan's Fawad Ahmed, hoping the legspinner gets the chance to wreak havoc on England's batsmen during the Ashes Ahmed, 31, played just 10 firstclass games in Pakistan with little success and sought political asylum in Australia claiming death threats...
  • Australian citizenship law change boosts Ahmed's Ashes dreams June 20, 2013

    Pakistanborn refugee Fawad Ahmed's Ashes dreams received a major boost on Thursday with the Australian senate passing legislation to fasttrack citizenship in special cases. The legislation empowers the immigration minister to apply shorter residential requirements on certain citizenship seekers. "This is pleasing news for CA and a big step forward in...
  • Ahmed, Sandhu in Australia A tour of Africa June 19, 2013

    Sydney: Pakistanborn legspinner Fawad Ahmed was on Wednesday named on the Australia A squad for a tour of Africa beginning next month, despite also being in contention for selection for the Ashes series against England. Ahmed was added to the 15man squad for the July and August tour along with Ashton...
  • Fawad Ahmed wicketless in opening Australia A stint June 17, 2013

    Belfast: Australia legspin hope and possible Ashes callup Fawad Ahmed went wicketless in his first representative bowling stint for his adopted country on Sunday. The former Pakistani asylumseeker, who did not bat in Australia's A first innings 312 for 9 declared against Ireland in Belfast, returned figures of none for 40...
  • Fawad Ahmed gets Cricket Australia callup June 10, 2013

    Sydney: Former Pakistan asylumseeker Fawad Ahmed moved a step closer to playing in the Ashes against England after being rushed into the Australia A squad for their tour of Britain on Thursday. "Fawad is a spin bowler of interest and we look forward to seeing how he performs for Australia A,"...
  • Warne backs 'heroic' Ahmed for Ashes callup June 10, 2013

    London: Shane Warne believes "heroic" and "courageous" Pakistaniborn legspinner Fawad Ahmed can become an unlikely Ashes hero for Australia in England later this year. Former refugee Ahmed, 31, will be eligible if minor changes to Australia's citizenship legislation pass through parliament in the next few weeks, having fled his native...
  • Pakistani bowler Ahmed closer to Ashes selection May 30, 2013

    Canberra, Australia: The Australian government is fasttracking legislation that could clear the way for Pakistani legspinner Fawad Ahmed to play for Australia in the forthcoming Ashes series against England starting July. The 31yearold is a permanent resident of Australia after being accepted as a refugee, but needs to be an Australian...
  • Pakistan asylumseeker Fawad Ahmed signs with Victoria April 26, 2013

    Sydney: Pakistani asylumseeker Fawad Ahmed has signed to play with Australian state side Victoria for the next three seasons, Cricket Victoria said on Friday. Legspinner Ahmed, who could be in contention to play for Australia in the Ashes series in England in July if he is granted citizenship on time,...
  • Ashesfocused Australia in a spin over Pakistani refugee April 11, 2013

    Melbourne: Mired in gloom following a Test drubbing in India, Australian cricket has turned to Canberra's halls of power for succour, asking the country's top immigration official to act as a de facto selector ahead of backtoback Ashes series this year. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Australia's bid to...
  • Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed carving a niche in Australia March 11, 2013

    Swabi: Fawad Ahmed's cricketing journey began in a graveyard in his village in northwest Pakistan but could yet culminate in an Ashes Test for Australia at the home of cricket, Lord's. Friends and former team-mates of the 31-year-old, who fled to Australia in 2010 claiming he was targeted by extremists...
  • Pakistan asylum-seeker dreams of Australia call-up March 6, 2013

    Sydney: Pakistani asylum-seeker Fawad Ahmed, who was granted a permanent Australia visa in November, wants to play in the Ashes against England, and his state coach believes he is good enough. The 33-year-old leg-spinner took seven wickets on his Sheffield Shield debut for Victoria two weeks ago and will have...
  • Pakistani refugee Ahmed picked in Aus PM XI January 11, 2013

    Canberra: Pakistanborn legspinner Fawad Ahmed has been named in an Australian Prime Minister's XI to play the West Indies on January 29, only two months after gaining asylum in Australia at his second attempt. The oneday match at Canberra's Manuka Oval is a traditional part of the Australian cricket calendar, which...
  • Pak cricketer has permanent visa in Australia November 15, 2012

    Melbourne: A Pakistan refugee and aspiring cricketer, who helped the Australian team train ahead of their first Test against South Africa, has been given permission to stay in Australia. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said in a statement on Thursday that he had personally considered Fawad Ahmed's case "and decided to...
  • Pak refugee helps Aus with spin practice November 6, 2012

    Brisbane: Australia on Tuesday used the legspin bowling of a Pakistani asylum seeker in their first net practice session ahead of this week's first Test against South Africa in Brisbane. Fawad Ahmed, who is awaiting a decision from the Australian government about his refugee protection claim, bowled against Australia's top...