Looking for a complete list of Australian Muslim cricket players? You’ve come to the right place! This page features all the Muslim cricketers who have represented Australia at the international level.
The Australian cricket team is one of the most successful teams in the world, winning the Cricket World Cup a record five times. The team also holds the record for the most Test match wins, with 491 victories.
Since its inception in 1877, the Australian cricket team has included players from a variety of backgrounds and religions. Muslims have been playing for Australia since the 1970s, and today there are a number of Muslim cricketers in the national squad.
Players like Fawad Ahmed and Usman Khawaja have become key members of the Australian cricket team, bringing their wealth of experience and skill to the side. As Australia continues to strive for success on the international stage, players like Ahmed and Khawaja will be crucial to the team’s chances of success.
List of Australian Muslim Cricket Players
Since the late 1990s, Muslims have been playing cricket for Australia at the international level. A number of these players have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the sport, both in Australia and around the world.
Here is a list of some of the most notable Australian Muslim cricket players.
1. Usman Khawaja
|Name||Usman Tariq Khawaja|
|Birth||18 December 1986|
|No. of Matches||387|
|Role||Top order Batsman|
|International Debut||3 January 2011 vs England|
Usman Tariq Khawaja was born on 18 December 1986, Islamabad Pakistan. He moved to Australia, New South Wales with his family when he was a young child. He is the first Pakistani-originated Muslim to represent Australia in Cricket in the 2010-2011 Ashes series.
He is a licensed commercial and instrument-rated pilot. Before getting his driver’s license, he earned his basic pilot license. He needed lots of skills, patience, and self-control to get qualified as a pilot, the same qualities helped him as well in his batting career.
|2007/08-2011/12||New South Wales|
|2016||Rising Pune Supergiant|
Usman is a left-handed top-order batsman. In his domestic career, he made his first debut for New South Wales in 2008. He scored successive double centuries for the NSW Second XI that year, a feat never before accomplished by an NSW player. He has played for many other domestic teams and still playing.
|National Side||Australia (2011-present)|
|Test debut (cap 419)||3 January 2011 vs England|
|Last Test||8 July 2022 vs Sri Lanka|
|ODI debut (cap 199)||11 January 2013 vs Sri Lanka|
|Last ODI||6 July 2019 vs South Africa|
|ODI shirt no.||1|
|T20I debut (cap 80)||31 January 2016 vs India|
|Last T20I||9 September 2016 vs Sri Lanka|
|T20I shirt no.||1|
International career, Usman Khawaja was selected as a part of the Australian squad member for the 2010-2011 Ashes. Firstly, he was selected as a stand-by for Ricky Ponting as Ricky injured his finger during the third test. Later on, Khawaja was selected as an Australian team member for the fifth Test against England in Sydney on January 2011. Khawaja became the first Muslim and the first cricketer born in Pakistan to represent Australia in a Test match and the only seventh foreign-born cricketer.
In recent years, Khawaja has been an outspoken advocate for greater inclusion and understanding of Muslims in Australia. He has been a vocal critic of anti-Muslim sentiment in Australia and around the world, including being one of the first prominent Muslims to speak out against U.S. President Donald Trump s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.
2. Fawad Ahmed
|Name||Fawad Ahmed Khan|
|Birth||5 February 1982|
|No. of Matches||101|
|International Debut||3 September 2013 vs Scotland|
Fawad Ahmed (born February 2, 1986) is a Pakistani cricketer. Ahmed was born in the Swabi district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. He was granted Australian citizenship in 2013 July. Ahmed left Pakistan in 2010 and moved to Australia on a short-stay Visa. Later he was granted Permanent Residency in 2012 November.
Fawad is a right-arm leg-spinner, he has played first-class and List-A cricket in Pakistan and England. He made his Test debut for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in June 2015.
He began playing cricket at an early age and represented his district and region at various age-group levels. He made his first-class debut for Peshawar in 2002 and played for them until 2008 when he joined Abbottabad. In 2010, he was signed by Yorkshire County Cricket Club on a recommendation from former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.
|2018||Trinbago Knight Riders|
|2019||St Lucia Zouks|
|2020||Trinbago Knight Riders|
He struggled to make an impact in English county cricket and was released by Yorkshire after two seasons. In 2013, he was signed by the Sydney Thunder for the inaugural season of the Big Bash League, becoming one of the Pakistani players to sign with an Australian domestic team.
He made his Domestic debut in Big Bash League in 2013 January. He also played for Victoria, Sydney Thunder, and many other teams. At the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on August 29, 2013, Ahmed played in his first T20 international for Australia against England.
|National Side||Australia (2013)|
|ODI debut (cap 203)||3 September 2013 vs Scotland|
|Last ODI||16 September 2013 vs England|
|T20I debut (cap 64)||29 August 2013 vs England|
|Last T20I||31 August 2013 vs England|
Following a strong domestic campaign for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield on March 31, 2015, Ahmed was selected for the International Australian Test Team to tour the West Indies and England.
Ahmed, a devoted Muslim, has been known to leave the field during games to pray and has missed training sessions during Ramadan. He has also asked that logos of sponsors whose initiatives he disagrees with be taken off of his kit in 2013, the Victoria Bitter emblem was taken off of Ahmed’s shirt since alcohol is forbidden in Islam.
In conclusion, it is evident that there is a strong presence of Australian Muslim cricket players within the sport. This list provides evidence of the talent and diversity within the community. It is hoped that this representation will continue to grow and inspire future generations.