Fawad Ahmed's Australian cricket teammates have thrown their support behind the leg-spinner following criticism of his decision not to wear a beer sponsor's logo on his shirt.
Former Pakistani refugee Ahmed, who had his Australian citizenship fast-tracked to allow him to play for his adopted nation, has been allowed by Cricket Australia not to wear the VB logo due to his Islamic beliefs.
Cricket great Doug Walters said Ahmed shouldn't be picked for Australia if he was opposed to wearing the team uniform, while former rugby international David Campese also sparked controversy when he agreed on Twitter, suggesting Ahmed should "go home" if he didn't want to comply.
Cricket Australia condemned Campese's comments on Friday, a day after expressing disappointment with unrelated "racist comments" made towards Ahmed on social media.
Australian fast bowler Clint McKay said players were disappointed to hear of the comments and stressed the playing group for the one-day series in England fully supported Ahmed's decision.
"None of the players have any sort of issue with it whatsoever," McKay told AAP.
"Obviously we support Fawad.
"It's been well publicised what he's been through to get to where he is today and that's one of the beliefs he's had.
"He's dealt with Cricket Australia with those issues and Cricket Australia seem happy, Fawad's happy and the sponsors are happy."
McKay said it was always disappointing hearing criticism of a teammate.
"We're all in this over here together and we all back up one another," McKay said.
"Whether it's Fawad Ahmed or Matthew Wade or Shane Watson, Michael Clarke we're all in this together and we don't like hearing bad things coming from back home or anywhere about any of our teammates.
"I'm sure this will blow over in the next couple of days and it won't be an issue."
Australian vice-captain George Bailey said Ahmed had not brought up the issue in camp, nor did he think it would distract him from his bowling.
"I don't think it'd particularly worry Fawad to be honest," Bailey said.
"I think he's probably had to deal with a lot more important things than what's on the front of his shirt."
Bailey said Ahmed had brought passion, professionalism and a great sense of humour to the team while several Australian players on tour have spoken of how well he has fit into the playing group.
The feeling is mutual and Ahmed says his teammates have taken a keen interest in his Muslim faith.
"The guys are asking so many questions all the time," Ahmed told AAP after taking 3-25 in the second T20 against England.
"It's been great for the boys as well. They're learning something different and it's a great opportunity for them.
"They're a good bunch of guys, they really love me and the same for me, they respect me and I respect them."
Campese said he didn't care about Ahmed's religion but objected to his beliefs impinging on the sporting arena, and felt it could have a negative impact on sponsorship.
Ahmed, who is expected to push for an Ashes call-up this summer, toured with Australia A before making his full international debut in the Twenty20 series against England last month.