As Cricket Australia (CA) posted the image of gamers standing barefoot in a circle to assist the eradication of racism from society, Usman Khawaja appreciated the initiative however said that there’s nonetheless an extended method to go by way of inclusivity of races.
CA had introduced that their gamers would stand barefoot forward of the sequence in opposition to India to make a press release in opposition to racism and a celebration of the Indigenous tradition in Australia. Notably, the Australian males are following the lead of the nationwide girls’s staff who shaped a barefoot circle with New Zealand gamers in Brisbane forward of the limited-overs sequence in final September.
Usman Khawaja, who has Pakistani roots, added that everybody needs to be happy with their heritage identical to he’s.
“Love the initiative from CA and girls’s staff to steer the cost. Identical to I’m happy with the place my household got here from, so ought to everybody else. Australian cricket nonetheless has an extended method to go. However hopefully we’re all on track,” Khawaja tweeted.
Love the initiative from CA and girls’s staff to steer the cost. Identical to I am happy with the place my household got here from, so ought to everybody else. Australian cricket nonetheless has an extended method to go. However hopefully we’re all on track! #inclusivity 🙏🏾 https://t.co/sBZztpnu3W
— Usman Khawaja (@Uz_Khawaja) November 17, 2020
The Australian males’s facet can even put on a particular jersey throughout the T20I sequence in opposition to India to acknowledge the aboriginal folks of Australia, and encourage their involvement within the sport.
Usman Khawaja has confronted racial remarks:
Usman Khawaja was born in Pakistan however was introduced up in Australia. He had earlier opened up on dealing with sure stereotypes like being lazy and gradual within the discipline because of his origins.
“I all the time had that ‘lazy’ undertone once I was rising up, and I believe a part of that was my relaxed nature, however a part of it was additionally as a result of I used to be Pakistani, and subcontinent folks have been seen as lazy. Working has by no means been pure to me, so after we used to do numerous health testing, I wasn’t nearly as good as everybody else. Whenever you put that in opposition to the place I used to be from, that did play in opposition to me,” Usman Khawaja had revealed earlier.
To this point, he has performed 44 Checks, 40 ODIs and 9 T20Is for Australia.