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Visa for Pakistani asylum-seeker who helped Aussies

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A Pakistani asylum-seeker and leg-spin bowler who helped Australia as they prepared for the first Test against South Africa was Thursday rewarded with a permanent visa to stay in the country. 

Australian bowler Nathan Lyon (C) celebrates with teammates after claiming the wicket of South African batsman Jacques Rudolph on day five of the first cricket Test at the Gabba cricket ground in Brisbane, on November 13. A Pakistani asylum-seeker and leg-spin bowler who helped Australia as they prepared for the S.Africa Test was on Thursday rewarded with a permanent visa to stay in the country.

Fawad Ahmed, who left his home in the border region near Afghanistan to come to Australia on a short-stay visa to play cricket in 2010, was granted his wish to stay after the personal intervention of Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.

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