Former Australia rugby union international David Campese has sparked a row after suggesting Pakistan-born cricketer Fawad Ahmed should “go home.”
Ahmed was given Australian citizenship in July and made his debut for the country in the recent Twenty20 series in England.
During those games the spinner did not wear the logo of brewing company VB on his shirt, with Cricket Australia explaining that team officials had agreed to allow him not to wear the logo due to his Islamic faith.
That led to ex-Australia batsman Doug Walters telling the Sydney Daily Telegraph: “I think if he doesn’t want to wear the team gear, he should not be part of the team. Maybe if he doesn’t want to be paid that’s OK.”
And Campese, who won 101 caps for the Wallabies, then Tweeted his approval of Walters’s view, saying: “Doug Walters tells Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed: if you don’t like the VB uniform, don’t play for Australia. Well said doug. Tell him to go home”.
Campese’s comments, on which he was challenged by many Twitter users, come after CA chief executive James Sutherland released a statement on Tuesday condemning remarks that had surfaced about Ahmed on social media.