Pakistan vs Australia: A game in the country of birth “special” for Australian Usman Khawaja

Australian opener Usman Khawaja admitted on Monday that enjoying in Pakistan will probably be “particular” when he returns to his native nation for the primary time as a world cricketer. Khawaja, 36, was born to Pakistani dad and mom in Islamabad earlier than shifting to Australia 4 years later and have become the primary Muslim cricket participant to put on a saggy inexperienced cap. Identified for his explosive left-handed blow, Khawaja just lately skilled a major comeback after a three-year hiatus. He beat each spherical of the century within the Ashes Check towards England in Sydney final month.

He’s now a part of the Australian workforce that arrived in Pakistan on Sunday for the primary time in 24 years and can play three assessments beginning at Rawalpind later this week, three one-day worldwide matches and one Twenty20 worldwide match.

Khawaja stated he at all times needed to return to play in Pakistan.

“Taking part in in Pakistan is particular, very particular,” Khawaja advised reporters earlier than the primary check, which begins on Friday.

“I’ve at all times needed to play in Pakistan, as I stated alongside the way in which. There’s positively a little bit of a sense in that, however when the sport begins, you do not take into consideration these issues.

“I’m wanting ahead to enjoying in Rawalpindi, the place I went to the previous stadium as a child and have performed as soon as,” stated Khawaja, who revealed he visited Pakistan 4 instances, most just lately in 2010.

“Karachi can be particular to my coronary heart, the place my family members stay, however since we’re within the safety bubble, there isn’t any alternative to satisfy anybody.”

The second check is in Karachi on 12-16. March and the third in Lahore on March 21-25. March.

Regardless of his roots, Khawaja admitted that he at all times needed to play in Australia, the place he was raised from an early age.

“My coronary heart was at all times enjoying in Australia as a result of I’ve lived there my entire life,” he stated. “I used to be fortunate to have the chance to play in Australia in 2011,” Khawaja stated of his debut towards England.

Khawaja admitted that his household is split when it comes to who they encourage within the check collection.

“My dad and mom assist Pakistan and I assist Australia, however I comply with Pakistani tradition and I communicate Urdu with my mom at house.”

He additionally expects to obtain a heat welcome from Pakistani viewers.

“I don’t count on a hostile crowd as a result of folks in Pakistan love their cricket and recognize good cricket,” stated Khawaja, who misses her dad and mom as a result of they will’t get on the journey.

“My father (Tariq) completely loves cricket and has been watching all of it his life. He’s very excited to get to play in Pakistan,” Khawaja stated.

“Each my father and mom needed to return see me, particularly to Rawalpindi, the place we lived, however the circumstances don’t imply they received’t come out.


“I hope they will look comfortably of their lounge.”

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