Australia spinner Fawad Ahmed cleared to wear unbranded shirt against England
Cricket Australia have given Fawad Ahmed permission to wear unbranded kit during the one-day series against England.
Last Updated: 04/09/13 8:02pm
The Pakistan-born spinner requested not to wear the logo of Australia sponsors, brewing company VB, due to his Muslim faith.
Ahmed did not wear the VB logo on his shirt during his international debut in last week's Twenty20 matches against England, and executive general manager of operations Mike McKenna said CA were respectful of Ahmed's personal beliefs.
"Following Fawad's selection in the Australia A squad to tour the British Isles in June Cricket Australia spoke with him in regards to the VB branding of the team kit. Fawad expressed discomfort with the conflict this created for him, due to his religious beliefs," McKenna said in a CA press release.
"Cricket Australia and Carlton United Breweries (CUB) are respectful of Fawad's personal beliefs and have agreed with his request to wear an unbranded shirt.
"CUB have been a long-standing partner of Australian Cricket for more than 17 years and Fawad was thankful for their understanding of his personal situation."
The situation is similar to that of Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, who was reluctant to wear shirts sponsored by loan company Wonga.
Muslim Cisse missed several pre-season fixtures as a result of his refusal to wear the club's shirt due to his religious beliefs before the two parties managed to find a solution.