“Nobody would say no to India, like Pakistan,” says Khawaja on cricket boards cancelling tours

Pakistan-born Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja doesn’t think a cricket board would treat Indian cricket the same way they treat Pakistan. Last week, New Zealand decided to call off their first tour of Pakistan in 18 years, citing a security threat to the team.

After the Kiwis, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also pulled out of their men’s and women’s tour to Pakistan scheduled in October this year.

Khawaja said “money talks” and no team would decline touring India and it is “easy for players and organizations” to turn down assignments in Pakistan or Bangladesh.

“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,” Khawaja was quoted as saying by ‘The Australian Associated Press’.

“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,” he added.

Khawaja said he wouldn’t hesitate to travel to Pakistan for cricket. “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’.”

In February-March 2022, Australia are scheduled to tour Pakistan after 24 years for 3 Tests, 3 ODI, and 3 T20Is.