Fawad Ahmed      

Full name Fawad Ahmed

Born February 5, 1982, Merguz

Current age 32 years 79 days

Major teams Australia, Abbottabad, Australia A, Melbourne Renegades, Pakistan Customs, Prime Minister's XI, Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fawad Ahmed
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
ODIs 3 1 1 4 4* - 2 200.00 0 0 1 0 0 0
T20Is 2 1 1 3 3* - 5 60.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 25 36 14 210 23 9.54 0 0 10 0
List A 18 6 3 52 35 17.33 71 73.23 0 0 6 0 5 0
Twenty20 4 2 1 4 3* 4.00 9 44.44 0 0 0 0 1 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
ODIs 3 3 144 145 3 1/39 1/39 48.33 6.04 48.0 0 0 0
T20Is 2 2 48 68 3 3/25 3/25 22.66 8.50 16.0 0 0 0
First-class 25 41 4249 2503 77 6/68 8/77 32.50 3.53 55.1 5 3 0
List A 18 18 895 772 21 4/38 4/38 36.76 5.17 42.6 1 0 0
Twenty20 4 4 84 130 3 3/25 3/25 43.33 9.28 28.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
ODI debut Scotland v Australia at Edinburgh, Sep 3, 2013 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Southampton, Sep 16, 2013 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut England v Australia at Southampton, Aug 29, 2013 scorecard
Last T20I England v Australia at Chester-le-Street, Aug 31, 2013 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Abbottabad v Islamabad at Abbottabad, Oct 16-19, 2005 scorecard
Last First-class Victoria v Queensland at Melbourne, Mar 11-14, 2014 scorecard
List A debut Pakistan Customs v Pakistan International Airlines at Rawalpindi, Mar 23, 2009 scorecard
Last List A Victoria v New South Wales at Sydney, Oct 24, 2013 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades at Sydney, Jan 9, 2013 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder at Melbourne (Docklands), Jan 14, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
2, 1/87 Victoria v Queensland Melbourne 11 Mar 2014 FC
4/49, 5, 2/129 Victoria v Tasmania Melbourne 3 Mar 2014 FC
9, 51, 4/89 Vic U23s v ACT U23s Canberra 10 Feb 2014 Other
1, 0/28 Melb Reneg v Syd Thunder Melbourne (Docklands) 14 Jan 2014 T20
0*, 3/47, 8*, 0/38 Victoria v South Aust Melbourne 29 Nov 2013 FC
0/59, 8, 0* Victoria v Western Aust Perth 22 Nov 2013 FC
0*, 3/76, 1/23 Victoria v Tasmania Hobart 13 Nov 2013 FC
10, 1/91, 0/23 Victoria v NSW Melbourne 6 Nov 2013 FC
7, 6/68, 0/52 Victoria v Western Aust Melbourne 30 Oct 2013 FC
4*, 2/64 Victoria v NSW Sydney 24 Oct 2013 LA
Profile

A legspinner who played ten first-class matches in Pakistan, Fawad Ahmed fled to Australia in 2010 as an asylum seeker. While living in Pakistan's northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ahmed had been involved with an NGO that aimed, among other things, to educate women, and he said this connection led to threats against him from extremists. Ahmed began playing for the Melbourne University club and worked in a warehouse while waiting for a verdict on his asylum claim. Initially, it was rejected, which left ministerial intervention as his only hope. Cricket Australia weighed in with support for Ahmed's claim and he was granted permanent residency in late 2012. A regular bowler in the nets to Australia's Test players that summer, Ahmed was quickly signed by the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL and played three Sheffield Shield games late in the season for Victoria. A sharp turner of the ball who works from a short run-up, he collected 16 wickets at 28.37 and impressed observers all over the country. Stuart MacGill said Ahmed was biomechanically similar to Anil Kumble but imparted far greater spin. The retired batsman Damien Martyn faced Ahmed in the nets and declared him the best spinner in Australia since Shane Warne. But any thoughts of rushing Ahmed into the Test side had to be put on hold, for under ICC regulations he was not due to qualify for Australian selection until August 18, 2013, unless he was granted an Australian passport prior to that. All the same, Ahmed was already one of Australian cricket's most notable feel-good stories, and having turned 31 in early 2013, there was still plenty of time for him to push for higher honours.
Brydon Coverdale

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Mar 3, 2014

Fawad Ahmed picked up four wickets, Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 1st day, March 3, 2014

Fawad Ahmed picked up four wickets

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Nov 7, 2013

A Steven Smith six proved hard to find, Victoria v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 2nd day, November 7, 2013

A Steven Smith six proved hard to find

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Oct 31, 2013

Fawad Ahmed took his career best first-class haul, Victoria v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, 2nd day, October 31, 2013

Fawad Ahmed took his career best first-class haul

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Results
Tasmania v Queensland at Hobart - Mar 22-26, 2013
Match drawn
Western Aust v Queensland at Perth - Mar 14-17, 2013
Queensland won by 120 runs
Tasmania v Victoria at Hobart - Mar 14-17, 2013
Tasmania won by 111 runs
NSW v South Aust at Sydney - Mar 14-16, 2013
NSW won by 8 wickets
South Aust v Western Aust at Adelaide - Mar 7-10, 2013
Western Aust won by 1 wicket
Queensland v Tasmania at Brisbane - Mar 7-10, 2013
Tasmania won by 163 runs
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