Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has shared his views after New Zealand and England recently pulled out of their respective tours to Pakistan. New Zealand deserted their white-ball tour moments earlier than the primary ODI, citing safety causes. Quickly, England adopted what the Blackcaps did and known as off their limited-overs tour as properly.
Many former cricketers of Pakistan confirmed disappointment and anger in the direction of New Zealand and England for cancelling their excursions, stating that their nation is totally protected for worldwide matches.
Khawaja, who performed for Islamabad United within the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) this yr, asserted the gamers felt comfy and safe through the T20 match. He talked about the safety preparations in Pakistan have improved in recent times.
“There’s lots of safety. Heavy, heavy safety. I’ve heard nothing however experiences about folks feeling protected. Even speaking to the blokes through the PSL about what it’s like … they’d say the identical factor to me ‘like 10 years in the past, perhaps not, however now 100 per cent’,” stated Khawaja as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
Khawaja additionally reckoned that it’s straightforward for groups to refuse to tour international locations like Pakistan and Bangladesh, however the response could be utterly completely different if it was the case with India as a result of financial good points at stake. The 34-year-old felt cash performs an important position, and that’s one of many prime causes no one would dare to cancel the India tour.
“I really feel it’s very straightforward for gamers and organisations to say no to Pakistan as a result of it’s Pakistan. I believe the identical factor would apply, too, if it had been Bangladesh. However no one would say no to India in the event that they’re in the identical scenario. Cash talks, everyone knows that, and that’s most likely an enormous a part of it. They hold proving time and time once more by means of their tournaments that they’re a protected place to play cricket. I believe there’s no purpose why we shouldn’t return,” added Khawaja.