Australia news September 7, 2013

Fawad Ahmed's brave stance maintains team harmony

ESPNcricinfo staff
Malcolm Knox, in the Sydney Morning Herald, and Joe Gorman, in the Guardian offer their views on the controversy regarding Fawad Ahmed's decision to not sport a sponsor logo on his Australia shirt

Australia legspinner, Fawad Ahmed's decision not to wear a beer-company sponsor's logo on his country shirt has sparked off a debate which has quickly moved beyond cricket and to touch upon larger issues of immigration and integration within the Australian society. A few have criticised Ahmed for his decision but as Malcolm Knox points out in the Sydney Morning Herald, the issue is not just about one player but about sport being open to changes within societies and cultures.

Whenever sports try to insulate themselves from change, they self-destruct. So let's imagine that a national symbol, such as the gold shirt Ahmed wears as an Australian one-day cricketer, does not impose a national character. Let's imagine that it's the wearer who changes the character of the shirt. In Ahmed's personal history, is there not the courage and durability we associate with a Hewitt (or a Dawn Fraser, a Herb Elliott, a Dennis Lillee, take your pick)? In his refusal to wear a VB logo, is there not something of that wilfulness that we like to call ''Australian''? In choosing to be here, rather than being born here, has he not already proved something?

Ahmed also finds support from Guardian writer, Joe Gorman who says his decision not wear the logo should be praised if Australia truly values moral conviction.

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  • on September 12, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    agreed one hundred percent...

  • on September 8, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    thats quite ignorant of Australian media. VB has nothing to do with being aussie. its about alcohol which is forbidden end of story. What if one of the Australian native converts and demands the same?

  • on September 12, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    agreed one hundred percent...

  • on September 8, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    thats quite ignorant of Australian media. VB has nothing to do with being aussie. its about alcohol which is forbidden end of story. What if one of the Australian native converts and demands the same?

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  • on September 8, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    thats quite ignorant of Australian media. VB has nothing to do with being aussie. its about alcohol which is forbidden end of story. What if one of the Australian native converts and demands the same?

  • on September 12, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    agreed one hundred percent...