Fawad Ahmed Khan was born on 5 February 1982. He is an Australian cricketer born in Pakistan who is currently contracted to the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, having been granted Australian permanent
Fawad Ahmed Khan
Fawad Ahmed Khan was born on 5 February 1982. He is an Australian cricketer born in Pakistan who is currently contracted to the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, having been granted Australian permanent resident status in November 2012.
Born in Marghuz, KPK Province, Fawad began playing cricket for Swabi District in local competitions. Playing as a right-arm leg spinner, he made his first-class debut for Abbottabad in 2005, playing two matches before being dropped from the side. Fawad resumed playing first-class cricket in 2009, playing for Pakistan Customs in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, and later that year also played three further matches for Abbottabad. His best bowling figures, 6/109, were taken for Pakistan Customs against the Karachi Whites, in January 2009.
Fawad migrated to Australia in 2010 on a short-stay visa sponsored by the Yoogali Cricket Association. Soon after arrival, he applied for refugee status, claiming he was persecuted by religious extremists for playing and coaching cricket. His hometown is in northwest Pakistan, a region that borders Afghanistan and is affected by the current War in North-West Pakistan.
Choosing to live in Melbourne, Victoria, Fawad took up playing with Hoppers Crossing in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association, and soon progressed to playing for Melbourne University in Victorian Premier Cricket. Despite having his initial application declined, he was granted permanent residency in November 2012. Later that month, Fawad signed with the Melbourne Renegades, having been granted a special exemption to play in the Big Bash League.
He made his debut in the Big Bash League in January 2013, taking 0/34 on debut, and was subsequently selected in the Prime Minister's XI to play against the West Indies. In five one-day matches for Victoria in the Ryobi One Day Cup in 2012-13 he took 10 wickets at 18.00. He also played in Victoria's last three matches in the Sheffield Shield, taking 16 wickets at 28.37, including 2 for 79 and 5 for 83 against Queensland.
On July 2nd 2013 Ahmed was granted Australian citizenship, clearing him to play for the full Australian national cricket team.