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Usman Khawaja working with CA to ensure more South Asian representation in Australian cricket

Usman Khawaja working with CA to make sure extra South Asian illustration in Australian cricket

Melbourne: Batsman Usman Khawaja is working with Cricket Australia to make sure extra South Asian illustration in his adopted nation’s cricketing ecosystem, a few decade after turning into the primary Muslim to put on the dishevelled inexperienced following a brush with racism.

When he made his worldwide debut on the SCG, his house floor, in an Ashes Take a look at in 2011, the top-order batter turned the primary Muslim and the primary participant of Pakistani descent to symbolize Australia.

Khawaja has typically spoken concerning the challenges he has confronted in his quest to play top-level cricket in Australia.

“It’s a lot higher now,” Khawaja was quoted as saying in ESPNCricinfo.

File picture of Usman Khawaja. AFP

“I see much more cricketers arising by way of state ranges in Australia specifically which are from subcontinent backgrounds, which we actually didn’t see after I got here up, even after I performed.

“I used to be enjoying home cricket and I used to be the one subcontinent participant there. In the mean time there’s solely in all probability myself and some others.”

The 34-year-old Khawaja, who has scored shut to three,000 runs in 44 Assessments and greater than 1500 runs in 40 ODIs for a median of over 40 in each codecs, cited England staff for example of variety that Australia can take a cue from.

The ODI staff is led by an Irish Eoin Morgan, lead pacer Jofra Archer is from Barbados whereas Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are British Asians of Pakistani descent. Ben Stokes is a New Zealander by delivery.

“We’re nonetheless a protracted method to go and I take a look at the England staff and see the range they’ve had for a very long time. They’re an older nation than us, however I can see that variety and assume that is in all probability the place Australia want to succeed in.

“We have now undoubtedly received higher from after I was youthful, however it’s a generational shift too.”

Khawaja, who was born in Islamabad, moved to Australia along with his household when he was 5.

“Once I began being extra concerned in cricket, individuals with subcontinent heritage in Australia got here as much as me and stated, ‘we’re so pleased to see you on the prime. Seeing somebody such as you, we really feel we have got an element within the Australian staff, and we assist the Australian staff. We did not do it earlier than, and we do it now’,” stated Khawaja.

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Updated: June 4, 2021 — 1:35 pm

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