Usman Khawaja said he would have no qualms about touring Pakistan.© TBEN
Australian drummer Usman Khawaja has expressed disappointment over New Zealand and England’s recent abandonment of their Pakistan tours, saying financial reasons may have played a role in those decisions. The 34-year-old cricketer added that he would have no qualms about traveling to Pakistan, his country of birth, with Australia due to travel there after the Ashes. “I think it’s very easy for players and organizations to say no to Pakistan because it’s Pakistan,” Khawaja said, quoted by The Bharat Express News.
“I think the same would apply too, if it was Bangladesh. But nobody would say no to India, if they are in the same situation,” he added.
“Money talks, we all know that, and that’s probably a big part of it. They just keep proving time and time again during their tournaments that they are a safe place to play cricket. ‘There is no reason why we shouldn’t go back there,’ Khawaja explained.
“There is a lot of security. Heavy, heavy security,” he said of the security concerns concerning Pakistan.
“I haven’t heard anything other than reports that people feel safe. Even talking to guys during PSL about what it is… they would tell me the same thing” 10 years ago , maybe not, but now 100% ‘. “
New Zealand withdrew from its limited tour of Pakistan last week due to security concerns. They withdrew from the tour on the opening day of the ODI in Rawalpindi.
England followed suit a few days later and ended tours of the South Asian country by their male and female teams.
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