Usman Khawaja Supports Pakistan Tours
By Tanushka Gain
on Thu Sep 23 2021
Usman Khawaja recently lamented the abandonment of a cricket tour for Pakistan. Arguing that it reflects double standards. And how “money talks”.
New Zealand fled Rawalpindi last week. The day his men’s ODI series was about to begin. Citing an increased security threat.
England pulled the pin on the men’s and women’s tours in October. However, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner said concerns about player safety were not part of that decision.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has been working tirelessly in recent years to convince players and national boards that his return is safe. He fears that his homeland will return to the no-go zone.
Cricket Australia will have to reach its decision soon. Because Tim Paine’s team is going to tour Pakistan after this summer’s Ashes.
Born in Pakistan, Khawaja moved to Sydney with his family at the age of five. He says the last week has been ‘extremely disappointing’ in terms of cricket.
Khawaja said in Brisbane that “I think it is very easy for players and organizations to say no to Pakistan. Because this is Pakistan.” “I think the same thing would have applied if there was Bangladesh. But no one would say no to India if they were in a similar position.
“Money does matter, we all know that, and maybe that’s a big part of it. They keep proving through their tournaments time and again that they are a safe place to play cricket. I think someone There is no reason why we should not go back.”
The PCB has been forced to move the vast majority of its home matches to the United Arab Emirates since the 2009 armed attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore. Test captain Paine and national selector George Bailey played in Pakistan during a T20 exhibition series in 2017.
Khawaja took part in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) although his part of the T20 tournament was held in the UAE due to the rise in the COVID-19 cases in Pakistan.
Khwaja would have happily traveled to Pakistan. Noting that close friend Ben Cutting has felt “really safe” playing in the country in recent years.
“There’s a lot of security. Heavy, heavy security,” he said. “I’ve heard nothing but people feeling safe. Even during PSL talking to people about what it’s like. They’ll say the same thing to me like 10 years ago, maybe not, but now 100 percent’. .”
Queensland captain Khawaja will have a chance to strengthen his side for the Test recall next week. When his team will host the Sheffield Shield and Tasmania in one-day matches.