Fawad, 30, who spent last week in Brisbane bowling
his leg-spin to the Australian batsmen in preparation for the Vodafone
Test series against South Africa, is very pleased with the Minister’s
“I’m grateful to the government and everyone who helped me with my application. It is overwhelming, I’m really happy.”
Fawad dreams of one day playing at state level
or in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, so this outcome brings him a step
closer towards achieving those goals.
“The Australian cricket community has really come together in support of Fawad, and we are just so thrilled with the news," Sutherland added.“This is proof that through cricket, we can help achieve life-changing outcomes for people.”
Australia’s opening batsman Ed Cowan, who scored his maiden Test century in Brisbane on Monday, has been a mentor and friend of Fawad’s during what has been an anxious time for everyone.
“We often see considerable negativity surrounding asylum seekers, so it’s incredibly pleasing that an educated, skilful and compassionate young man like Fawad has been given the chance to make a life for himself in Australia.
“We have all been touched by his story and immensely proud of how far he has come,” Cowan said.
And at a time when the Aussies have a distinct lack of talented spin bowlers we just might see Fawad Ahmed representing Australia sooner than we think.
Currently playing in Australia for South Africa's Proteas is Pakistan-born cricketer and leg-spin bowler Imran Tahir.