ISLAMABAD: The Australian cricket team has appointed former spinner Fawad Ahmed as a ‘spin consultant’ for the tour of Pakistan, it was announced today.
Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement that the former league player will join the men’s team as a spin consultant for the Australian team’s first tour of their country in 24 hours.
“After winning the PSL final with Lahore Qalandars, Fuzzy will be back in Australian colors for the upcoming Qantas tour of Pakistan!” CA added.
Australia arrived in the country on Sunday with a historic tour that will see them play three tests, as many ODIs and one T20I in a six-week tour.
The visitors are preparing to return to the pitch and train to face the Pakistan attack.
The appointment of the 40-year-old for the tour is welcome for the visitors who do not have permanent sub-continental consultant Sreedharan Sriram.
According to cricket.com.au, Fawad Ahmed will also play for Australia, although the home side have two key spinners of different fingers so that may not be helpful.
The report said: “Indian-born Sri Ram, who played in eight one-day internationals between 2000 and 2004 and has worked with Australian spinners on Asian tours since 2016, has been refused a visa to visit Pakistan.
The report said Australia had allegedly approached New Zealand legend Daniel Vettori to act as a consultant for the much-anticipated series, but were unable to secure a deal in time.