A wonderful human with a remarkable story.
Seeking asylum from Pakistan, Fawad's journey is full of highs and lows, culminating in him representing Australia at International level.
Born in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Ahmed began playing cricket for Swabi District in local competitions. A legspinner who played ten first-class matches in Pakistan, Ahmed fled to Australia in 2010 as an asylum seeker. While living in Pakistan’s northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ahmed had been involved with an NGO that aimed, among other things, to educate women, and he said this connection led to threats against him from extremists. 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 in the summer of 2012, 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. On 2 July 2013 Ahmed was granted Australian citizenship, clearing him to play for the full Australian national cricket team. On 29 August 2013, Ahmed made his Australian debut play in a T20 international against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. On 31 March 2015, Ahmed was named in the Australian Test Squad to tour the West Indies and England in 2015 following an outstanding domestic season for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. Having retired from red ball cricket, Ahmed is now a T20 gun for hire and plays in tournaments all around the world. He is currently playing in the BBL for the Perth Scorchers.
Ahmed is a devout Muslim. He has a passion for real estate and travel but his main focus away from cricket is spending time with his wife, baby daughter and friends from the community.
Ahmed is an advocate for refugees and multiculturalism in Australia.
I want to make it easier for our next generation to help them feel accepted and to make them understand what is expected from them.
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