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.