Sydney, Apr 6 (ANI): Former Australian spinner Stuart MacGill said that refugee player Fawad Ahmed should be selected in captain Michael Clarke's Ashes squad if he is granted an Australian passport in time, adding that he is talented enough to face England in the series.
Under International Cricket Council regulations, Ahmed, a Pakistani asylum-seeker who was granted a permanent Australian visa late last year, will not be eligible to play for Australia until August 18 - three days before the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval - unless he is granted a passport prior to that date, News.com.au reports.
Comparing Ahmed to Anil Kumble, MacGill, who has been working with the asylum-seeker at the Sydney Cricket Ground this week, said that he had former Test batsman Damien Martyn face him, adding that Martyn gave high praise to Ahmed's spinning skills.
According to MacGill, Ahmed's life experiences, along with his bowling ability have him well equipped to deal with the rigours of cricket, adding that he is capable of bagging a place in the Ashes squad. (ANI)