Family, friends back Fawad Ahmed to bamboozle England at Ashes

The former refugee played for Australia A last month in England and selector John Inverarity has indicated he will be considered for the Ashes squad.

updated: July 03, 2013 09:59 IST
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Karachi: Family and friends welcomed Australia's decision to give citizenship to Pakistan's Fawad Ahmed, hoping the leg-spinner gets the chance to wreak havoc on England's batsmen during the Ashes.

Ahmed, 31, played just 10 first-class games in Pakistan with little success and sought political asylum in Australia claiming death threats from the Taliban because he was involved in a charity promoting women's education.

He could now feature in Australia's effort to reclaim the Ashes, starting in Nottingham from July 10, after his bid for citizenship was accepted Tuesday.

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