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South African allrounder confessed Islam with wife, renamed Imad

All-rounder Björn Fortuin with wife (Photo credit: Khadija Shamsi)

This South African all-rounder stepped into international cricket from the T20 match against India in 2019.

New Delhi. South African cricketer Bjorn Fortuin has accepted Islam. The 26-year-old cricketer made his international debut for South Africa in September 2019. According to reports, in the holy month of Ramadan, Björn Fortuin accepted Islam with his wife. Now his new name is Imad. Khadija Shamsi, wife of Fortuin’s fellow player Tabrez Shamsi, shared a photo of Fortuin and his wife and congratulated her. His wife’s name is Michek Essen.
Fortuin has become the second South African player to convert to Islam. In 2011, medium pacer Wayne Parnell also changed his religion. Talking about the career of all-rounder Fortuin, he made his debut in first class cricket in 2013. However, he was not able to make a memorable debut and he ducked in his debut. Not only this, he could not take a single wicket.

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He was included in South Africa’s T20 squad for the T20 series against India in 2019. He made his ODI debut against England on 7 February 2020. Björn Fortuin represented South Africa in 7 T20 matches. In which he took a total of 6 wickets, while scoring 35 runs in five innings. He played his last international match for South Africa in a T20 match against Pakistan this month.


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