Spinner Fawad given chance in PM’s XI

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    Emerging Pakistan-born spinner Fawad Ahmed looks to be the next leggie in Australian selectors’ sights, earning a spot in the Prime Minister’s XI match against the West Indies in Canberra.

    Recently granted asylum in Australia after an initial application was rejected, Ahmed played ten first-class games in Pakistan from 2005 to 2009 and has been bowling to Australia’s Test players in the nets over the past year.

    He’s been selected for the one-day match at Manuka Oval on January 29 alongside fellow Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja and Indian-born fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu, in what National Selection Panel Chairman John Inverarity described as a move to reflect the cultural diversity that exists in the pathway systems.

    “Fawad is playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the T20 Big Bash League and grade club Melbourne University, and we are encouraged by his ongoing development,” Inverarity said.

    “We have also been very pleased with the progress of Indian-born fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu, who has performed well for the Sydney Thunder following strong performances for Australia in last year’s Under 19 World Cup.”

    Brad Haddin and Chris Gayle will also get the chance to continue their ongoing feud, with Australia’s former Test wicketkeeper confirmed as vice-captain under skipper Ricky Ponting.

    PM’s XI: Ricky Ponting (capt), Brad Haddin, Fawad Ahmed, Jono Dean, Alex Doolan, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Kane Richardson, Gurinder Sandhu, Ashton Turner, Nick Winter (12th man).

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    • January 11th 2013 @ 2:05pm
      Timmy said | January 11th 2013 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

      The only problem is he is already 33 years old. Not really fitting into the looking to the future mentality being shown in the lineup for today’s game

      • January 11th 2013 @ 2:20pm
        The Dish said | January 11th 2013 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

        I get the feeling that his selection has more to do with the publicity and image rather than any real cricketing reasons.

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          January 11th 2013 @ 11:40pm
          Martyn50 said | January 11th 2013 @ 11:40pm | ! Report

          Agree with the Dish. He’ll play a few one dayers then go back and just play district cricket

      • January 14th 2013 @ 10:28am
        jameswm said | January 14th 2013 @ 10:28am | ! Report

        He’s 30, not 33.

    • January 12th 2013 @ 10:10am
      Rohit said | January 12th 2013 @ 10:10am | ! Report

      Very much looking forward to seeing Khawja and Punter bat togheter and Sandhu showing his bowling talent. Predicting centuries from both Punter and Khawaja.

      • January 12th 2013 @ 11:20am
        Sanjay said | January 12th 2013 @ 11:20am | ! Report

        Great to see Asian players making their mark in cricket here, we will be better for it, Khawaja to get a century

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