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Australia’s Usman Khawaja Reveals He Was Seen as ‘Lazy’ Due to Sub-continental Roots

Racism in cricket is just not a subject that’s about to peter away within the latest future. While Michael Holding, Jofra Archer and Justin Langer make their opinions about incidents within the sport, Australia’s Usman Khawaja added to the dialog, pointing to a notion of him being ‘lazy’ due to his ethnicity.

Only final week did Cricket Australia open a probe after it was revealed that Dan Christian was uncovered to racist remarks when he spoke concerning the informal racism he has skilled in Australian cricket.

“I always had that ‘lazy’ undertone when I was growing up and I think part of that was my relaxed nature but part of it was also because I was Pakistani, and sub-continent people were seen as lazy, not doing the hard yards and whatnot,” Khawaja was quoted as saying in cricketc.com.au.

The southpaw who’s admired for his elegant batting stated, “Running has by no means been pure to me, so once we used to do plenty of health testing I wasn’t nearly as good as everybody else. When you set that in opposition to the place I used to be from, that did play in opposition to me. I prefer to assume we’re beginning to transfer on from that, however there’s undoubtedly nonetheless that undertone … I nonetheless hear (comparable stereotypes), if somebody’s a bit totally different.’’

Born in Pakistan, Khawaja, moved Down Under when he was 5 years previous and since has gone on to play a vital function for Australia in Test cricket.

Khawaja, who has 10 worldwide centuries below his belt, is ready to hitch Cricket Australia (CA) working group tasked with creating an motion plan specializing in inclusion and higher cultural range inside Australian cricket.

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“The older I’ve gotten, the extra I’ve realised that with regards to range — particularly in cricket basically — I believe we’ve been OK at it however we’re nonetheless simply not fairly there,” Khawaja stated.

“If you look at the landscape in terms of multicultural cricketers around, we’ve got a few subcontinental cricketers — myself, Gurinder (Sandhu), Arjun Nair, Jason Sangha and Tanveer Sangha coming up through the ranks … (but) we’ve still got a long way to go,” he added.

Khawaja hopes that Australian cricket has extra function fashions who may be seemed upon by the youngsters from totally different ethnic backgrounds.

“When you come from a subcontinental family – all of Asia, really – studying is very important. My mum wanted me to stop playing cricket and study, and that happens a lot to guys my age coming through the ranks,” he stated.

“Generally with the sub-continent neighborhood I understand how vital that’s to mums and dads, so we have to emphasise that, particularly with expertise lately and finding out from distance, there’s no cause why you may’t do each, as long as you’ve the self-discipline and also you’re ready to make a whole lot of sacrifices alongside the best way, Khawaja added.

“Kids have to be given assist, we have to speak overtly and allow them to know that, ‘Hey, you’re not the one individual going via this, we’ve been via this, we’ve seen this, we’ve handled it and we’ve pushed on. You can do the identical factor,” he additional stated.



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