Australia cricketer Usman Khawaja opened up about international teams cancelling tours to Pakistan. The cricket returned to Pakistan after a long time in 2019 but the big cricketing nations are still reluctant to go there. Khawaja said that no country would have said no to India if they were in the same situation.
Pakistan Cricket Board recently received a big hit as New Zealand abandoned their tour to Pakistan just hours before the start of the first game, citing security reasons. England then called off their short tour which consisted of two T20Is.
“I feel it’s very easy for players and organisations to say no to Pakistan because it’s Pakistan. I think the same thing would apply too, if it were Bangladesh,” Khawaja was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan. “But nobody would say no to India if they’re in the same situation.”
Cricket Australia is also likely to cancel their Pakistan tour which was scheduled for 2022. PCB chairman Ramiz Raja feels that Australia can follow England and New Zealand’s process.
“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.”
Countries cancelling Pakistan tours
Khawja was not the first one to do show disappointment over international teams withdrawing from the Pakistan tour. Earlier, Pakistan captain Babar Azam also tweeted regarding the same.
Disappointed, yet again. We have always tried to accommodate the interests of the game but others simply don't. We have come a long way in our cricketing journey and it will only get better with time. We will not only survive but thrive as well. In shaa'Allah. 🇵🇰❤️🏏
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) September 21, 2021
“Disappointed, yet again. We have always tried to accommodate the interests of the game but others simply don’t. We have come a long way in our cricketing journey and it will only get better with time. We will not only survive but thrive as well. In shaa’Allah,” he wrote in a tweet.