There was a flurry of activity on Thursday as Ahmed was ripping through Queensland's batting line-up at the MCG to help Victoria to a Sheffield Shield victory to consolidate top spot on the table.
The match was Ahmed's Shield debut for Victoria and by taking 2-79 in the first innings and 5-83 in the second, he recorded the best debut figures of a spinner in more than 40 years.
Both Victorian and Cricket Australia officials have been in contact with the International Cricket Council (ICC) in an attempt to find out the legalities and circumstances surrounding Ahmed and when he will be eligible to play for Australia.
The 33-year-old was granted permanent residency in Australia after leaving Pakistan seeking asylum in February 2010 and now his citizenship quest is well and truly underway.
The requirements to play for your adopted Test nation is to have spent four years in your new country and in each of those four years, to have spent at least 183 days in that country.
By the time the Ashes series in Australia begins on November 21 at the Gabba next summer, Ahmed would have satisfied those requirements and should be cleared to play for Australia if selected.
Australia's spin stocks are at almost an all-time low at present with Nathan Lyon, Xavier Doherty and teenager Ashton Agar the trio who were competing for a spot in the series set to begin in India on Friday.
There is no leg-spinner on the horizon who looks capable of being selected solely as a spinner in time for the upcoming Ashes series' with England.
While Ahmed will not be able to play in England, he could just be the spinning option that Australia is after for the home series to either regain the Ashes from England, or to keep them depending on what happens over the winter in the United Kingdom.