Sydney: Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed is on the brink of becoming an Australian citizen and being eligible to play in the Ashes after the country's Senate on Thursday cleared legislation that allows him to get a passport.
The former refugee, 31, is currently with the Australia A squad in England and may have to return home to sit a 20-question, 45-minute test to finally confirm his citizenship. He would then have to complete a brief citizenship ceremony.
It follows passage through the upper house of parliament of a bill to amend the Citizenship Act, which will help fast-track his application. The lower house had already approved the bill.