Ahmed to wear no logo on shirt
Cricket Australia have agreed to a request from spinner Fawad Ahmed not to wear the logo of a sponsor on his playing kit due to his Muslim faith.
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The Pakistan-born bowler did not wear the logo of brewing company VB on his shirt during his international debut in last week's Twenty20 matches against England.
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 shares similarities with Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse's stand-off with the Tyneside club after loan company Wonga became their shirt sponsor.
Muslim Cisse missed several pre-season fixtures as a result of his refusal to wear the club's shirt due to his religious beliefs.
However, the two parties managed to find a solution, with the help of the Professional Footballers' Association, and the striker is now back in the Magpies fold.