Despite interest from several other teams, the Melbourne Renegades won the race for the signature of leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed for the second KFC T20 Big Bash League season.
The 33-year old played 10 first-class matches in Pakistan before relocating to Australia as a refugee following persecution in his homeland. Ahmed was recently granted a permanent visa in Australia which will allow him to represent the Renegades as a local player.
Ahmed’s signing comes on the back of an impressive start to the Premier Cricket season with Melbourne University, where he has already taken 12 wickets at an average of 20.
Cricket Australia recently flew Ahmed to Brisbane to bowl to the Australian squad prior to the first Test after recognising similarities in his bowling action to that of South African spinner Imran Tahir.