Pakistan-born Australian batsman, Usman Khawaja says “money talks” and none of the teams will ever think of canceling a tour to India tour but it is “easy for players and organizations” to turn down assignments in Pakistan or Bangladesh. England followed New Zealand in pulling out of the Pakistan tour, citing security concerns, which has been a huge blow to the country’s efforts to bring back international cricket.
AS per the quotes in ‘The Australian Associated Press’, Usman Khawaja said, “I feel it’s very easy for players and organizations to say no to Pakistan because it’s Pakistan. 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.”
He further added, “Money talks, we all know that, and that’s probably a big part of it. They keep proving time and time again through their tournaments that they’re a safe place to play cricket. I think there’s no reason why we shouldn’t go back.”
Usman Khawaja said he would happily travel to Pakistan to play. Australia is scheduled to tour Pakistan next year.
Elaborating the same, Usman Khawaja said, “There’s a lot of security. Heavy, heavy security. I’ve heard nothing but reports about people feeling safe. Even talking to the guys during the PSL about what it’s like…they would say the same thing to me ‘like 10 years ago, maybe not, but now 100 percent’.”
On Monday, the England Cricket Board (ECB) announced that they have canceled their upcoming tour to Pakistan just a few days after New Zealand had pulled its team out at the last minute ahead of its series due to “security” concerns. England’s men and women teams are due to play a couple of T20Is in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14.