Fawad Ahmed's Ashes dream hits roadblock

Fawad Ahmed will reportedly return to Australia to complete his citizenship formalities © Getty Images

Sydney: Jun 24, 2013

Pashtun Australian cricketer Fawad Ahmed will reportedly fly back home to Australia from England to complete his citizenship requirements and it has turned out to be a hurdle in realizing his Ashes dream.

However, Chief Selector John Inverarity insisted that the decision to send him back is not an indication that spinner Ashton Agar has edged Ahmed.

“I’ve said all along if we added a player to the squad it was likely to be a spinner. Because of the David Warner and Michael Clarke situation we have added a batsman. But we still have that option to add a spinner. Nothing has changed in that regard. Fawad is going home tomorrow [Tuesday] and the procedure for him to become a citizen will continue, and then the intention is for him to go to South Africa [with Australia A], as it is for Ashton,” Inverarity said, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

This comes after Ahmed endured a tough time while playing for Australia A and finished with figures of  one for 100 in Bristol.

However, Inverarity added, “My overall impression was that the conditions were terrible for spin bowling,” Inverarity said. “It was cold and with a gusty breeze, very difficult conditions for him [Ahmed] both in Ireland and here. He is a very good bowler. If we were to call on him he has broken the ice with the players, he gets along very well with them. He is a lovely man.”

(With inputs from ANI)