A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Former asylum seeker signed by the Melbourne Renegades


Ahmed is considered to be a future star in the making

Pakistan leg-spinner and former asylum seeker Fawad Ahmed has been signed by the Melbourne Renegades on a one-year contract and will play in this year’s edition of the Big Bash League after the Australian government approved his plea to stay in the country.

Ahmed played 10 first-class games in Pakistan between 2005 and 2009, but then fled to Australia and asked for asylum, which he was initially denied.

In the past couple of weeks, Ahmed has been bowling to many members of the national team in the nets, especially prior to the start of their recently concluded three-Test series against South Africa since Australia were curious about leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who Ahmed had actually played against while in Pakistan.

The Melbourne Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry said: “Fawad has faced and overcome so many hurdles to arrive at this point of his life, 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.”

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