SYDNEY  - The answer to Australia's spin crisis and Ashes hopes hinges on Federal Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor with refugee spinner Fawad Ahmed at the precipice of a fast tracked baggy green.Classy leg-spinner Ahmed, 33, has burst to prominence with brilliant performances for Victoria this season while the push from cricket greats and influential supporters to hand the leg-spinner a passport is in overdrive.It has been revealed Minister O'Connor's office is currently flicking through Ahmed's file and their own rule books to see if the man who fled Osama bin Laden's former Abbottabad stronghold in 2010 can be advanced citizenship. An Australian passport guarantees immediate eligibility rather than qualifying after the Ashes on August 18 as per International Cricket Council rules. Officials don't elaborate on individual cases but a spokeswoman for Minister O'Connor confirmed “his application is currently being assessed, we can say he is being looked at,'' when asked about Ahmed.The Department of Immigration turned Ahmed from asylum seeker to permanent resident on January 29 and the process could be finished next month. A raft of foreign athletes capable of winning an Olympic medal have been granted special dispensation to represent Australia.Cricket Australia must privately reinforce that Fawad is a priceless commodity in Australia's bare spin cupboard. Fawad's match-haul of 7-162 for the Bushrangers against Queensland last week were the best by a debutant Sheffield Shield spinner in 40 years and heaven sent for national selectors facing defeat against India and consecutive Ashes showdowns with England.“CA, Cricket Victoria and the Melbourne University Cricket Club worked closely with the Minister for Immigration's office in Fawad's application for permanent residency,'' said a CA spokesman. “Players like Fawad from non-traditional backgrounds competing in the Sheffield Shield, Prime Minister's XI and possibly in the future at a higher level will reinforce that cricket is a sport for all Australians.''Fawad's chances of a passport improved by the minute this week as India savaged Australia's labouring attack in an eight-wicket, first-Test triumph in Chennai. Under-siege off-spinner Nathan Lyon conceded 3/215 in India's first innings while left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty wasn't selected despite a MA Chidambaram Stadium Test dustbowl. Ahmed can help his own cause with more wickets in today's Ryobi Cup final against Queensland at the MCG, remaining first-class games against New South Wales, Tasmania and the Shield final.Ahmed's ripping (3/47) Ryobi Cup debut against South Australia in Adelaide this month complete with stealth wrong'uns and accurate stock balls caused Test great Allan Border to rate the leggie an Ashes prospect and India tour reinforcement if eligible.“He looks the goods from what we have seen,'' said Border. Former Test No.3 Dean Jones has branded Fawad “a huge find for Australian cricket'' while his Victoria skipper and former Test allrounder Cameron White has already hailed Ahmed's spin the best since legends Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill.