5 Sep 2013

Cricket Australia allow Muslim leg spinner not to wear VB logo

5:44 am on 5 September 2013

Cricket Australia have agreed to let Muslim leg spinner Fawad Ahmed compete without the logo of a sponsor's beer brand on his shirt out of respect for his personal beliefs.

Ahmed, a former Pakistani refugee who received his Australian citizenship in July, made his international debut in the first of two Twenty20 matches against England last week.

Ahmed had requested to be excused from wearing the 'VB' logo as it conflicted with his religious beliefs.

Ahmed is considered a strong prospect for a test debut when England travel to Australia for their return Ashes series in November.

Australia lost the recently completed Ashes 3-0.

South Africa's Muslim batsman Hashim Amla has also been excused from wearing a beer brand logo on his shirts.