SYDNEY: Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has asked people not to call him the next Shane Warne although he is determined to handle the pressure that comes with his elevation to international cricket and a probable Ashes debut in the return series in Australia.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the former Pakistani refugee and the only specialist spinner in the 18-man squad alongside spinning all-rounder Glenn Maxwell became an Australian citizen last month after Cricket Australia collaborated with the government to amend the citizenship laws so that he would be available for the Ashes.
The report further said that Ahmed was then rushed to England to play for Australia A, where he regained his rhythm with his bowling performance which earned him a call-up for the one-dayers despite his lack of wickets for the team.
Admitting that the experience was tough to handle, Ahmed said that even though people were comparing him with spin legend Warne, he is aware that he cannot be the next Warne even if he is a good player and can play good cricket for many years, adding that to be compared to Warne is not that easy.
However, Ahmed said that he was supported by his teammates, the coaches and the selectors which took of some of the pressure of performing up to expectations from his mind, adding that he is confident that he can prove that he belongs at international level following chairman of selectors John Inverarity saying that he was in contention for the return Ashes series.
Ahmed further said that he will try his best to catch the opportunity that he has been given this time and perform well as such chances do not come knocking to the door every time.