Fawad Ahmed, Australia National Cricket Team, ICC World Cup 2019
Fawad Ahmed. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Australia’s leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has called time on his first-class career. Meanwhile, the leg-spinner is hopeful to make the cut into Australia’s squad for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019. Ahmed has scalped 156 wickets in the Sheffield Shield career at an average of below 30. However, he will not play for Victoria in the ongoing first-class season.

The 37-year old bowler has played only five One Day Internationals for the national side. However, he played his last match in the Australian colors nearly six years ago. Subsequently, Ahmed is hopeful of playing a key role in Australia’s title defense in the upcoming ODI showpiece.

Fawad Ahmed. Credits: Getty Images.

Meanwhile, Fawad Ahmed could not get a place in the Australian squad for the upcoming limited overs series against India. Australia will play two T20Is and five One Day Internationals against the Indian team. However, Ahmed could be in contention for the ODI series against Pakistan which will take place in the UAE.

Furthermore, the leg-spinner will play for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League in the UAE.

“I’m a cricket ’nuffie’ so it was pretty hard for me. I love four-day cricket,” Fawad told cricket.com.au.

“The way I train and the way I love the game – I have spent hours and hours in the nets and enjoyed my time both on the field and off the field.

Fawad Ahmed, Australia National Cricket Team, ICC World Cup 2019
Fawad Ahmed. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

“It was a very tough decision, but that was the (best) available option and that was the future looks like.

“There is an end for everything.

“I still love the game – one-day, T20 or four-day cricket – but for me the only available option was white-ball cricket so I’m going to continue to play 50-overs and T20.”

Meanwhile, Fawad Ahmed’s contract was not renewed by Victoria and he played only two Sheffield Shield matches in this season. In fact, Jon Holland was the first-choice spinner for Victoria.

On the other hand, Fawad Ahmed will need to come up with eye-catching performances to put his name in the envelope for the upcoming World Cup.

Australia has Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa as current spinners for the World Cup event and it is not going to be easy for Ahmed to make a case for himself.

Australia will lock horns with India in the first T20I on February 24th.

Gautam Chauhan

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