Australia news November 22, 2012

Fawad Ahmed joins Melbourne Renegades

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Pakistani legspinner Fawad Ahmed, who was recently granted asylum in Australia, has joined the Melbourne Renegades for the Big Bash League.

Ahmed, whose application to remain in Australia was initially rejected, played ten first-class games in Pakistan from 2005 to 2009 and has been bowling to Australia's Test players in the nets over the past couple of weeks to help them prepare for their series against South Africa.

"Fawad has faced and overcome so many hurdles to arrive at this point of his life," Stuart Coventry, the Renegades chief executive, said. "He's now ready to explore the depths of his talent without the stress of hanging on for a decision to be made regarding his refugee status. We're pleased to provide him an avenue to play high-level cricket in Australia and believe he is a genuine talent."

Ahmed will be joined at the Renegades by the Tasmanian batsman Alex Doolan, who has also signed with the side. The eight BBL sides have until November 30 to finalise their full squads.

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  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Poor selection he is below average player

  • Ash on November 22, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    raadQ, i see where you are coming from but its not that bad. yes there are some refugees on the dole, but the vast majority are contributing significantly to australian society overcoming all the cultural/language barriers etc through work in various sectors of society, from farm hand to doctor.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    wish to good luck fawad May u have a successful career their for Aus

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Its good for Fawad, after a long legal fight he is successful to get his application was approved for refuge status. But shame for PCB a very talent player was never given a Chance to show his instinct and the Australian find him and got him. Good luck and the best for his bright future

  • Daniel on November 22, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    I hope this guy can actually bowl and isn't playing just for the novelty. It would be embarrassing if he gets smacked around!

  • Adrian on November 22, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Good job. We can get a decent legspinner by stealing him from Pakistan! Maybe the replacement for Warnie?

  • Raad on November 22, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Good to see an asylum seeker pursue his dreams and being a contributing member of the society as a sportsperson, instead of going on the dole and draining the system. This is a good mutual solution, Australia provide him a safe haven, he provides his contribution in return!

  • Andrew on November 22, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    We are the lucky country. Good luck Fawad.

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