Khawaja sees double standards in Pakistan pull-outs

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 25 2021

Australia batter Usman Khawaja has criticized the decisions by New Zealand and England to scrap their tours to Pakistan and said they would not have made the same call if they had been due to play lucrative series in India.

New Zealand returned home from Pakistan after abruptly abandoning the tour minutes before the opening fixture in Rawalpindi citing a security alert from their government. 

England followed suit this week, calling off their men’s and women’s teams tour of Pakistan next month citing ‘mental and physical well-being’ of the players. “I feel it’s very easy for players and organisations to say no to Pakistan, because it’s Pakistan,” Khawaja said in Brisbane on Thursday.

 “I think the same thing would apply too if it were Bangladesh. “But nobody would say no to India, if they’re in the same situation. Money talks, we all know that, and that’s probably a big part of it,” added Khawaja, who was born in Pakistan. 

Australia are also scheduled to travel to Pakistan early next year and governing body Cricket Australia has said it would “talk with the relevant authorities once more information becomes known”. (Reuters)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 25 2021

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