Sydney, Mar 28 (ANI): The rise of Pakistani refugee leg spinner Fawad Ahmed in Australian cricket has exposed the shocking absence of good quality spinners in the country, according to sports journalist Robert Craddock.
"If Pakistani refugee Fawad Ahmed makes the upcoming Ashes tour, it will showcase a nation spreading its wings and a cricket system, which no longer has any," Craddock wrote in his column for News.com.au.
"The classy leg-spinner's 16 wickets in three Sheffield Shield games has convinced many good judges, including national selectors, he is an international-standard bowler. But under International Cricket Council rules, Fawad is ineligible to represent Australia until August 18 unless he is given an Australian passport beforehand," he added.
"National selection chairman John Inverarity said Fawad's international selection could be a wonderful thing for Australian society," he wrote.
Craddock added: "Indeed it would. Australia has been desperate to unearth an Asian-bred spin bowling role model to inspire the thousands of young immigrants that make up our increasingly multi-cultural society."
"But what a sorry state for Australia when they have to try to rush through passports for a refugee who was a bit-part player in a 10-match first-class career in his homeland," he said.
"Australia look back with great fondness at the days when they produced not simply outstanding leg-spinners such as Shane Warne, but men who stepped up and filled a void when required such as Bob Holland, Terry Jenner, Kerry O'Keeffe, Trevor Hohns and Peter Sleep," he further wrote.
"But the coaching system of emerging slow bowlers in Australia has broken down to such an extent that the first-class ranks have become a wrist-spinning wasteland," he concluded. (ANI)