Australian batsman Usman Khawaja criticized New Zealand and Britain’s decision to cancel the tour against Pakistan and said that if they should have played a lucrative series in India, they would not have made the same decision.
New Zealand returned home from Pakistan after abruptly abandoning the tour a few minutes before the opening of Rawalpindi, on the grounds that the government issued a security alert.
England followed closely this week, canceling next month’s Pakistan Men’s and Women’s Football Tournaments on the grounds of the players’ “physical and mental health.”
“I think it’s easy for players and organizations to say no to Pakistan because this is Pakistan,” Kawaja said in Brisbane on Thursday.
“I think if it is Bangladesh, the same thing applies.
“But no one will reject India if they are in the same situation. Money negotiations, we all know, this may be a large part of it,” added Khawaja, who was born in Pakistan.
Australia also plans to travel to Pakistan early next year. The governing body of the Australian Cricket Association stated that it will “talk to the relevant authorities after learning more information.”
After the fatal attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, Pakistan was evaded by other cricket nations for nearly a decade, but has been attracting top international teams in recent years.
Khawaja said that he will have no problems touring there.
“There are many safety measures. There are many safety measures,” he said. “I only heard reports about people feeling safe.
“Even during the PSL (Pakistan Premier League) talking to the players about what it looks like… they will say the same to me’It was like 10 years ago, maybe not, but now 100%’.”