rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Cricket » Australian Citizenship Law change boosts Ahmed's Ashes dreams

Australian Citizenship Law change boosts Ahmed's Ashes dreams

Last updated on: June 20, 2013 19:18 IST

Australian Citizenship Law change boosts Ahmed's Ashes dreams

     Next

Next

Pakistan-born refugee Fawad Ahmed's Ashes dreams received a major boost on Thursday with the Australian senate passing legislation to fast-track citizenship in special cases.

The legislation empowers the immigration minister to apply shorter residential requirements on certain citizenship seekers.

"This is pleasing news for CA and a big step forward in a process that will help enable Fawad Ahmed become an Australian citizen," a Cricket Australia (CA) spokesman said on the governing body's website.


Image: Fawad Ahmed
Photographs: Robert Prezioso/Getty Images

     Next

Ahmed has claimed 40 wickets from 14 first class matches

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Ahmed, a 31-year-old leg spinner, arrived in Australia in 2010 on a short-term visa and claimed asylum on the grounds of receiving death threats from Islamic extremists for being involved with a Pakistani NGO promoting women's rights.

The spinner, who has claimed 40 wickets from 14 first class matches, was picked in the Australia A squad to tour South Africa and Zimbabwe starting next month but could be handed a debut in the first test against England starting on July 10.

Chief selector John Inverarity said on Wednesday both Ahmed and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar were in contention if Australia had to add a second spinner to the Ashes squad.


Image: Fawad Ahmed
Photographs: Mark Nolan/Getty Images

Prev     Next

Lyon too in the side

Prev     More
Prev

More

Australia have tried a dozen slow bowlers since spin great Shane Warne retired with 708 Test wickets after helping the team whitewash England 5-0 in the 2006/7 Ashes series.

They have lost both Ashes series since and have included one spinner, Nathan Lyon, in their squad as they renew the rivalry next month.


Image: Nathan Lyon
Photographs: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Prev     More
Source:
© Copyright 2013 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.