Australia top-order batter
Usman Khawaja lamented the recent abandonment of cricket tours of Pakistan,
saying it is a ‘safe place’ to play the game.
The Aussies are scheduled to tour Pakistan for a full series
in February, March next year. The tour, if goes ahead as planned, would be the first
by the team to the country since 1998.
Usman Khawja, who was part of the Islamabad United in the Pakistan
Super League, said that Pakistan proved time and time again through their
tournament that there is no security concern.
“They’re a safe place to play cricket,” said Khawaja as
quoted by AAP. “I think there’s no
reason why we shouldn’t go back.”
He said that nobody would say no to India if they were in
the same situation while throwing his weight behind cricket in Pakistan.
“I feel it’s very easy for players and organisations to say
no to Pakistan, because it’s Pakistan,” he said. “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,” he added.
Commenting on his PSL experience, the 34-year-old said that he
felt safe throughout the tournament.
“There’s a lot of security; Heavy, heavy security,” he said.
“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 per cent.”