Refugee Cricketer Fawad Ahmed Khan gets Citizenship soon

Fawad Ahmed Khan (Pashto/Urdu: فواد احمد; born 5 February 1982) is a Pashtun Australian cricketer born in Pakistan who is currently contracted to the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, having been granted Australian permanent resident status in November 2012.

The Pakistan-born asylum-seeker is waiting on amendments to the Citizenship Act, which The Australian understands will pass through the Senate today. Once that happens, Ahmed, who played in the recent Australia A match against Ireland, will qualify to play for Australia — there are less stringent citizenship requirements for the A team.

Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has cleared the final hurdle to be eligible for the looming Ashes series in England after legislation that allows him to be granted a passport successfully passed through the Senate on Thursday afternoon.

Cricket Record:

PAKISTANI asylum seeker Fawad Ahmed is on the brink of a baggy green after amendments to the Citizenship Act were passed through the Senate today – but still faces tricky obstacles to make a dream Test debut.


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