Usman Khawaja (Getty Photos)
MELBOURNE: Batsman Usman Khawaja is working with Cricket Australia to make certain extra South Asian representation in his adopted nation’s cricketing ecosystem, about a decade after changing into the valuable Muslim to place on the baggy inexperienced following a brush with racism.
When he made his world debut at the SCG, his home flooring, in an Ashes Take a look at in 2011, the head-expose batter became the valuable Muslim and the valuable participant of Pakistani descent to signify Australia.
Khawaja has principally spoken in regards to the challenges he has confronted in his quest to play prime-degree cricket in Australia.
“It’s miles plenty higher now,” Khawaja modified into once quoted as asserting in ESPNCricinfo.
“I glimpse plenty extra cricketers constructing through direct phases in Australia in remark which shall be from subcontinent backgrounds, which we in actual fact did now not glimpse after I came up, even after I played.
“I modified into once taking part in home cricket and I modified into once the precise subcontinent participant there. Within the period in-between there’s finest seemingly myself and about a others.”
The 34-yr-frail Khawaja, who has scored shut to 3000 runs in 44 Tests and higher than 1500 runs in 40 ODIs for a mean of over 40 in both codecs, cited England group shall we embrace of differ that Australia need to purchase a cue from.
The ODI group 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 tranquil a prolonged skill to head and I request at the England group and glimpse the differ they’ve had for a prolonged time. They are an older nation than us, nonetheless I will glimpse that differ and ponder that’s seemingly where Australia desires to reach.
“Now we have positively gotten higher from after I modified into once youthful, nonetheless it is a generational shift too.”
Khawaja, who modified into once born in Islamabad, moved to Australia with his household when he modified into once five.
“When I started being extra taken with cricket, folks with subcontinent heritage in Australia came as a lot as me and acknowledged, ‘we’re so relaxed to glimpse you at the head. Seeing any individual care for you, we feel we now have got a allotment in the Australian group, and we toughen the Australian group. We did now not homicide it sooner than, and we homicide it now’,” acknowledged Khawaja.