It’s a victory for Australian Muslim cricket player Fawad Ahmed, who has been allowed to not wear the sponsorship logo of beer brand VB because of his faith’s ban on alcohol.
On Tuesday, Cricket Australia agreed to Pakistan-born Ahmed’s request after he had “expressed discomfort” with wearing the logo.
“Fawad expressed discomfort with the conflict this created for him, due to his religious beliefs,” said Mike McKenna, Cricket Australia’s executive general manager for operations.
“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,” McKenna added, in comments reported by AFP news agency.
Ahmed impressed in his second T20 match for Australia on Sunday, returning three English wickets for 25 runs.
Meanwhile, South African batsman Hashim Amla, also a Muslim, is another player in a similar situation and has been permitted not to wear the logo of Cricket South Africa sponsor Castle, a beer company, on his kit, AFP reported.
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