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CA backs Fawad Ahmed as logo controversy refuses to die down

Ahmed received permission from Cricket Australia to not wear a beer company logo on his uniform.

Written by Associated Press | Sydney | Published: September 7, 2013 2:35:33 am

Rugby great David Campese was criticized for ‘bigoted’ comments about Pakistan-born spin bowler Fawad Ahmed by Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland on Friday.

Ahmed received permission from Cricket Australia to not wear a beer company logo on his uniform due to his Muslim faith. Campese,retired after 101 rugby tests for Australia,said Ahmed should ‘go home’ if he did not want to wear the sponsor’s logo on his playing shirt. Earlier,former test cricketer Doug Walters was quoted in Australian media as saying: “I think if he doesn’t want to wear the team gear,he should not be part of the team.” Also Read: Fawad Ahmed’s decision to drop beer brand logo evokes racist remarks

Ahmed,who fled Pakistan in 2009 to seek asylum in Australia and subsequently gained fast-track citizenship in July,was picked for Australia’s five-match limited-overs series in England after he made his debut in the Twenty20 series last week.

“We were the ones that raised it with Fawad to ensure he was comfortable,knowing his religious background and where alcohol fits in with that,” Sutherland told Fairfax Media on Friday.

“The Australian cricket community has welcomed him and we’re very proud to have him,” Sutherland said,adding that he had been dismayed at the “opportunism on some people’s parts to reflect bigoted views.”

After Campese’s initial tweet,he said he didn’t care about Ahmed’s religion but objected to his beliefs affecting sport in general.

The 50-year-old Campese once held the world record for the most tries in test matches with 64.

Aus-Eng ODI washed out

Leeds: The first one-day international between England and Australia in Leeds was washed out on Friday,as heavy and persistent rain flooded the ground and ruined any chance of play. Umpires Aleem Dar and Richard Illingworth had little option but to abandon hopes of any play taking place after inspecting the waterlogged outfield for a third time at 1.30 pm (1130 GMT). Drenched groundstaff tried in vain to soak up and sweep away puddles which had grown larger by the hour on the grass and the large Headingley covers.

Supporters will receive a full refund for a complete wash-out and the two teams will now have to wait until Old Trafford,Manchester,on Sunday to resume cricketing combat in the second of the ODIs.

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