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Muslim spinner given leave to keep a sponsor off his back
by David Sygall
Fawad Ahmed will raise a hard-earned thirst in the one-day cricket series against England this week, but he will not promote the product his teammates will as a way to quench it.
Ahmed, one of two Australian Muslims to play on the "VB Tour of England", was picked for the five-game limited overs series after he made his debut in the Twenty20 series last week.
The spin bowler - who fled Pakistan in 2009, sought asylum in Australia in 2010 and gained citizenship in July - "expressed discomfort" about wearing the logo of one of Cricket Australia's two major sponsors because, on religious grounds, he does not associate with alcohol.
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