A legspinner who played ten first-class matches in Pakistan, Fawad Ahmed fled to Australia in 2010 as an asylum seeker. 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. Fawad made his ODI and T20I debuts for Australia in the 2013 tour of England.
Fawad retired from first class cricket in 2018 and has since been a well sought after player on the T20 circuit around the world. Fawad has topped the bowling charts in each the Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League, the Big Bash League and the Canada Global T20. The reason he is such a sought after player is that he is a consistent wicket taker, and throughout his career he concedes an average of less than 7 runs an over.