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‘Was told I’m not the right skin colour to play for Australia’: Usman Khawaja on facing racism

Veteran cricketer Usman Khawaja has revealed how he confronted racism in Australia in earlier days.

“After I was youthful in Australia, the period of time I bought advised I used to be by no means going to play for Australia, I’m not the appropriate pores and skin color was immense. I’d get advised I don’t match the staff, they usually wouldn’t decide me. That was the mentality, however now it’s beginning to shift,” Khawaja advised ESPNCricinfo.

The 34-year-old Khawaja made his worldwide debut in a 2011 Ashes Take a look at, changing into the primary Muslim cricketer to symbolize Australia. He has performed 44 Exams for Australia.

Khawaja, who was born in Islamabad, moved to Australia together with his household when he was 5 years outdated. He mentioned he didn’t initially really feel any help for the Australian cricket staff, however that he grew into it increasingly.

“After I began being extra concerned in cricket, individuals with subcontinent heritage in Australia got here as much as me and mentioned, ‘We’re so completely satisfied to see you on the prime. Seeing somebody such as you, we really feel we’ve bought an element within the Australian staff, and we help the Australian staff. We didn’t do it earlier than, and we do it now’,” mentioned Khawaja.

“And that saved occurring over and again and again. The extra that occurred, I realised my background does matter, and it does make a distinction. After which I realised from my childhood it in all probability took me some time to help Australia. I didn’t actually help Australia after I first went [from Pakistan] as a result of I didn’t actually get it,” he added.

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