Ahmed named Australia's Muslim Sportsperson of 2013
Pakistan-born cricketer Fawad Ahmed has been named Australia’s Muslim Sportsperson of the year at the 8th annual Australian Muslim Achievement Awards.
Ahmed piped star of rugby league and union Sonny Bill Williams and aussie rules star Bachar Houli to win the award.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Ahmed admitted that it was a great honour and it capped off a memorable year.
"I am extremely humbled to be named the Australian Muslim Sportsperson of the Year.
"I am fortunate that Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria and Melbourne University Cricket Club have helped me fulfil my dream in Australia and have embraced my history, tradition and religion," said Ahmed.
"I hope my story inspires other young people to achieve success on and off the field," the spin bowler added.
2013 has been a remarkable year for Ahmed, who made his debut for Australia in both One Day Internationals and Twenty20 matches against England.
In three ODIs Ahmed took three wickets and the 31 year old also claimed three wickets in two Twenty20 fixtures.
The leg spinner also produced impressive figures for Australia A, picking up 15 wickets in three matches.
Off the field Ahmed also enjoyed success in 2013, becoming an Australian citizen in July.
Cricket Australia, who aided Ahmed in his bid for fast-tracked citizenship, expressed their delight at Ahmed winning the award.
"To see the strength of candidates in the field shows the immense impact Ahmed has had on the many Muslim communities across Australia," said James Sutherland, Chief Executive of Cricket Australia.
"It shows that Fawad has achieved outstanding things both on and away from the cricket pitch, and we are very proud of him,” added Sutherland.