Fans have pointed out the sad detail in the Aussie cricket teams outfit against the Netherlands on Wednesday with the players wearing black armbands following the death of Fawad Ahmed's son. Former Aussie One Day International spinner Ahmed took to social media on Monday to reveal the heartbreaking news his four-month-old son had died.
The cricket world rallied around the former international after the devastating news with Tim Paine and Trent Copeland sending messages of support. And in a touching gesture for the cricketer and father, Pat Cummins and his men wore black armbands in support of Ahmed and his family.
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Ahmed has played with a number of the cricketers in the current international team, including Glenn Maxwell, and the players could all be seen wearing the black armband in support of their fellow international.
Cricket Australia confirmed the move during the game. Ahmed took to social media on Monday to reveal his heartbreak at the news of his son.
"Till we meet again my little angel," he wrote. "Unfortunately after a long struggle my little man has lost the painful & tough fight, I believe you are in a better place, we will miss you so much. I hope no one ever goes through this pain, Request for Prayers."
Ahmed had only recently talked about the devastating ordeal with his son to Cricket.com.au as his family went through the struggle. "It's a tough time, to be honest," he told the publication. "We don't know what's going to happen. Neither do the doctors. It's pretty bad. You want to know. This is something that is aching the heart."
انااللہ وانا الیہ راجعو ن
Till we meet again my little angel 💔,
Unfortunately after a long struggle my little man has lost the painful & tough fight, I believe you are in a better place,we will miss you so much💔,
I hope no one ever goes through this pain,
Request for Prayers 🤲🏽 pic.twitter.com/cpAn29Wvnf
— Fawad Ahmed (@bachaji23) October 23, 2023
Ahmed played for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League this year and has played alongside a number of the current players throughout his T20 career.
Ahmed fled to Australia from Pakistan as an asylum seeker in 2010. The spin bowler was finally granted permanent residency in 2012 after Cricket Australia weighed-in on the situation. He was eligible to play for Australia for the first time until August 2013. Ahmed regularly bowled to the Australian team in the nets, which earned him high-praise.
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Fittingly former teammate Maxwell scored the fastest ever World Cup One Day International century against the Netherlands to help Australia to their biggest ever win at the tournament. Maxwell (106) and David Warner (104) both made centuries to help the Aussies post an imposing 8-399, before Pat Cummins' side bowled out the Dutch for just 90 runs to complete the 309-run hiding.
Maxwell belted nine boundaries and eight sixes in his outrageous knock, having not even faced a ball until the 41st over. The 35-year-old smashed the ball to all parts of Arun Jaitley Stadium, with a mix of reverse sweeps and traditional slogs, breaking his own Australian record for fastest ODI century, set at the 2015 World Cup against Sri Lanka.
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