BBL 11: 39-years old Fawad Ahmed gets career lifeline by Adelaide Strikers in Big Bash League

Rishikesh Sharma
|Published 29/10/2021

BBL 11: Adelaide Strikers handed a career lifeline to 39-years old spinner Fawad Ahmed by proving him a one-year contract.

The 11th edition of Big Bash League is set to start from 5th December 2021. Defending champions Sydney Sixers will be up against Melbourne Stars in the first game of the season. Teams have started finalizing their squads for the upcoming campaign.

When Perth Scorchers did not offer Fawad Ahmed a new deal, it was a bit of surprise. Ahmed was the leading spinner of the Scorchers last season, where he scalped 16 wickets with the ball. It was assumed that the career of the 39-year old veteran spinner is finished in the Australian domestic circuit.

Fawad also expressed his frustration earlier about not getting a new deal with the Perth Scorchers. “I was really, really upset with the way it ended. I was still expecting another year,” Fawad said.

“If you take those three (bad) games out of the 17, I think my performance (in BBL|10) was amazing.”

“I didn’t want to end my career in Australia like that.”

Some of the other BBL players also expressed their frustrations about the same in the past. Chris Green and Ben Dunk went to Twitter and appreciated the veteran leg-spinner.

BBL 11: Fawad Ahmed signs with Adelaide Strikers

When it was looking like Ahmed might have played his last BBL game, Adelaide Strikers arrived as saviors. The Adelaide Strikers have signed the veteran spinner on a one-year contract. It is a surprising move as they already have two leg-spinners with Rashid Khan and Liam O’Connor.

Fawad Ahmed is Adelaide’s last signing of the season, which means they will go in this season with just two overseas. Rashid Khan has been Adelaide’s mainstay, whereas George Garton will be making his BBL debut this season.

This will be Fawad’s fourth BBL club, after Renegades, Thunder, and Scorchers. Ahmed also thanked the Adelaide Strikers for providing him an opportunity.

“The ball is coming out really well at the moment and I am thankful to the Strikers for this opportunity,” Fawad said.

“Adelaide Oval is a special place to play cricket and the wicket always spins so I’m really looking forward to playing home games there.”

It will be interesting to see if Rashid Khan and Fawad Ahmed get to play together in the playing eleven.

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Rishikesh Sharma

Rishikesh Sharma

An engineering graduate and an ardent Sports fan. Rishikesh Sharma is writing about cricket for 3 years now as corporate life didn't suit him. Sourav Ganguly made him fall in love with the game, and players like Brendon McCullum and Gautam Gambhir enhanced it. Apart from cricket, Rishikesh is a huge fan of Liverpool FC. When not watching sports, you will find him riding around Jaipur.

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