Fawad looking forward to first-class competition


Although he has gone from an international bowler to playing club cricket in just two months, Australia spinner Fawad Ahmed is positive that he can make a comeback to the Victoria team.

Fawad was in the Australia squad for the tour to West Indies in May and the recent Ashes series in England as the back up spinner to Nathan Lyon but did not play in any of the Tests matches.

Now the 33 year-old has been left out Victoria's squad for the start of the season one-day matches, with his State side preferring John Holland as their spin option.

The Pakistan-born Fawad is confident that he will play a major role for the Melbourne-based team when the four-day Sheffield Shield competition gets underway, he was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament last season.

Fawad told Cricinfo: "I've started well this season playing grade cricket, unfortunately not playing for Victoria, but I feel in good rhythm and looking forward to the big season.

"I've been through this situation in the past, been dropped and came back to club cricket and Futures League cricket and performed well there and made my way back into the side.

"I'm looking forward to the season. I've started the season well, playing for Melbourne University, and I'm playing Futures League next week against WA at the WACA.

"That will be a stepping stone for me to make sure I'm in a good rhythm and ready to play more cricket for Victoria, and hopefully repeat how I went in the last two or three seasons."