October 20, 2013

Australian cricket

Fawad's twists and turns

Fawad Ahmed's story has a compelling narrative. His desire to coach women cricketers in Pakistan placed a target on his back, forcing him to move to Australia. Afraid for his life and with his applications for asylum continuously denied, things looked bleak until an amendment to constitutional law helped him secure Australian citizenship. David Sygall in Sydney Morning Herald captures the twists and turns that saw Fawad represent his adopted country in limited-overs cricket, meet two prime ministers and live life on his own terms.

When asked if being deported would have cost his life, Ahmed draws breath: "I never give up. I would have found a way. I struggled for many years and I would have found a way, not to stay in Australia, but just to live my life, by any means. Every human being has gifts. Every human being has some really good qualities. For me, it was maybe cricket and that helped me to meet people. But whatever it was, I would struggle to live my life and not give in."

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