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Former refugee on track for a stellar cricket career

Former refugee on track for a stellar cricket career

Updated 5 July 2013, 9:41 AEST

Just days ahead of the highly-anticipated Ashes test series in England, Australia has a new spin bowler in its cricket squad.

But Fawad Ahmed is no ordinary cricketer.

The Pakistani-born leg spinner fled his homeland as a refugee, after receiving death threats for his involvement with a women's rights group.

As little as three weeks ago, the 31-year-old was facing possible deportation, but the Australian Government intervened, and fast-tracked his citizenship.

Presenter: Beverley O'Connor

Speaker: Fawad Ahmed, spin bowler, Australian cricket squad

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