Calcutta: Pakistan-born cricketer Fawad Ahmed is likely to make his Australia senior team debut over the next month after being named on Thursday as the specialist spinner in the 18-member squad for the six one-day and two Twenty20 Internationals against England.
The 31-year-old former refugee, who received his Australian citizenship after a change in the law last month, has impressed selectors with his performances on the A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa.
“Fawad Ahmed gets his opportunity as the squad’s lead spinner,” chief selector John Inverarity said in a news release. He replaces Xavier Doherty, who had that role in the ICC Champions Trophy played in June.
The squad: Michael Clarke, George Bailey, Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson