State coach says Pak refugee spinner 'good enough' to play for Oz

Islamabad, Mar 7 (ANI): Pakistani refugee spinner Fawad Ahmed is good enough to earn a place in the Australian Test team, according to his state coach, Greg Shipperd.

The 33-year-old leg-spinner took seven wickets on his Sheffield Shield debut for Victoria two weeks ago and will have another chance to shine against New South Wales at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from Thursday, the Daily Times reports.

Australia's spinners have been struggling in recent Tests and Victoria coach Shipperd is certain Ahmed has the skills to play at Test level.

Shipperd said anyone playing first-class cricket potentially has what it takes to play at the next level," adding everything they seen, he think everything the selectors in Victoria and the Australian selectors that have seen him in their own training environment are very excited about his prospects going forward.

Shipperd added it is about performance and consistency in performance, but he is confident he certainly has the skill set to play at the next level.

Ahmed left his home in the border region near Afghanistan to come to Australia on a short-stay visa in 2010, claiming he was targeted by Muslim extremists because of the perception that cricket promotes Western values, the paper said.

Ahmed was granted a permanent visa to stay in November and quickly established his credentials at the Melbourne Renegades in the T20 Big Bash League and with an appearance for the Prime Minister's XI against the West Indies in January, the paper added. (ANI)


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