Fawad to play without VB logo on kit

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Australia spinner Fawad Ahmed will play his international cricket without wearing the sponsor logo of Victoria Bitter (VB), as it conflicts with his religious beliefs.

Australia spinner Fawad Ahmed will play his international cricket without wearing the sponsor logo of Victoria Bitter (VB), as it conflicts with his religious beliefs.

Cricket Australia approved the request from the former Pakistani, who is a Muslim and does thus not drink alcohol, and he played against England in the T20s without the green and red VB logo.

A CA statement read: "Following Fawad's selection in the Australia A squad to tour the British Isles in June Cricket Australia spoke with him in regards to the VB branding of the team kit.

"Fawad expressed discomfort with the conflict this created for him, due to his religious beliefs.

"Cricket Australia and Carlton United Breweries (CUB) are respectful of Fawad's personal beliefs and have agreed with his request to wear an unbranded shirt.

"CUB have been a long-standing partner of Australian Cricket for more than 17 years and Fawad was thankful for their understanding of his personal situation."

This is not the first time such a request has been made, as most famously South Africa batsman Hashim Amla asked not to wear the Castle Lager logo on his Test kit. Fellow Proteas player Imran Tahir is also without the logo on his gear.

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