Fawad Ahmed gets Australia A call, inches closer to Ashes dream

Currently, according to the International Cricket Council's Player Eligibility Criteria, Ahmed will only become eligible for national selection on August 18. But CA said should the bill become law, and Ahmed obtains citizenship and an Australian passport before that date, he will immediately be available for the national side.

updated: June 06, 2013 09:15 IST
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Sydney: Former Pakistani asylum-seeker Fawad Ahmed moved a step closer to playing in next month's Ashes series against England after being rushed into the Australia A squad for their tour of Britain Thursday.

The prospects of Ahmed, 31, playing for his adopted country improved dramatically when a bill to amend the Citizenship Act, which will help fast-track his application, passed through Australia's lower house of parliament Wednesday.

"Fawad is a spin bowler of interest and we look forward to seeing how he performs for Australia A," chief selector John Inverarity said, expressing confidence his citizenship would soon be awarded.

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