Fawad Ahmed bids adieu to First-Class cricket; eyes 2019 World Cup berth

Fawad Ahmed Bids Adieu to First-Class Cricket; Eyes 2019 World Cup Berth

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Australia leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed on Tuesday (February 12) hang his boots in the first-class career, in a bid to set his sights on the forthcoming 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

While calling time on his extended form of domestic career, Fawad’s objective is to impress Cricket Australia’s (CA), selectors. He added it was a hard decision to make, but he has had to decide on it

“I’m a cricket ’nuffie’ so it was pretty hard for me. I love four-day cricket. It was a very tough decision, but that was the (best) available option and that was the future looks like,” Fawad told cricket.com.au.

Fawad featured in international fixture six years ago:

Meanwhile, he has missed out on the selection for limited-overs series against India, but there’s a probability of his contention for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan at their second adopted home United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March.

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Fawad to focus on the limited-overs cricket. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The 37-year-old Fawad has featured in three One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals in 2013. Across a few limited-overs opportunities he went on to bag six wickets.

Meanwhile, Australia will enter in the quadrennial event to defend their title for their seven-wicket win over Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at the MCG in 2015.

Fawad has been impressive in the white-ball cricket which eventually saw him doing well in the Big Bash League (BBL). Concurrently, he is representing Sydney Thunder in the domestic professional league.

Fawad on his retirement decision:

Fawad Ahmed, First-Class, 2019 World Cup, Australia

Fawad Ahmed had a good outing for the Bushrangers. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Besides, Fawad revealed owing to the mutual understanding of the Victorian general manager Shaun Graf, coach Andrew McDonald and skipper Peter Handscomb; he had decided to call it quits.

“They were all pretty happy for me whatever decision I took,” Fawad said.

So much so, Fawad who had a terrific JLT Sheffield Shield career went on to bag 156 scalps in 43 Sheild matches. In overall, 62 first-class fixtures, Fawad collected 205 wickets at an average of 31.11. He has recorded nine five-wicket hauls and six four-wicket hauls.

Victoria clinched the Sheild titles on a trot in 2015, 2016, 2017 respectively.

He missed out on the contract list of Bushrangers in 2018 before making way for Jon Holland as their premium choice spinner.

Apart from it, Fawad will be the part of impending Pakistan Super League (PSL). He will feature Sarfraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators (QG) in the upcoming fourth edition of the PSL.

“The best option was to move on and to get some cricket over there (in the PSL) in the near future,” Fawad stated.

Fawad, who’s had a master’s degree in International Relations (IR) is keen to deliver goods with the white-ball.