Australian batter Usman Khawaja said that the upcoming tour of Pakistan will be a great opportunity for Australia to give back to cricket and inspire a generation of cricketers.
Khawaja scored twin centuries on his return to Tests in the SCG Test and was deservedly awarded the Player of the Match award. With Australia set to tour Pakistan this year, it would be great for Khawaja to play in his birth country.
“I think it is a great opportunity for Australian cricket to give a little back. I said that to the guys, you can actually inspire a generation of cricketers who have never seen you play – never seen David Warner, Steve Smith, they see them on TV. You actually inspire a generation by just going back over there,” Khawaja said on Fox Cricket.
“They were amazing even when I was there for the PSL” – Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja also revealed that he has always received love from the Pakistan crowd while playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The country is slowly making its way back into hosting international cricket matches and the Aussies touring will only make it better.
“I’ve always had great support in the subcontinent, Bangladesh, India, and particularly Pakistan where I was born. They were amazing even when I was there for the PSL. I would like to go back there and play. It is not that far away but it seems far. Even if I go there on tour, it will be amazing.”
“I don’t think there is a better way to give back to the game than to tour a country like Pakistan who have been deprived for so long. So hopefully we will get over there not just for my sake but for Pakistan cricket and all those young boys and girls out there,” Khawaja mentioned.
Khawaja’s twin centuries weren’t enough as England held on to pull off a thrilling draw on Day 5 of the SCG Test.