Khawaja says ‘lazy’ label result of racial stereotyping

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Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has hit out at criticisms of him being a ‘lazy’ player, saying it is an example of racial stereotyping.

The Pakistan-born Khawaja became the first Muslim to play Test cricket for Australia when he made his debut in the summer of 2010-11, but currently finds himself on the outside looking in.

The 33-year-old is set to work a Cricket Australia group tasked with creating an action plan focused on greater cultural diversity in the game, and said Australia still has a way to go.

« I always had that ‘lazy’ undertone when I was growing up and I think part of that was my relaxed nature but part of it was also because I was Pakistani, and subcontinent people were seen as lazy, not doing the hard yards and whatnot, » he told cricket.com.au.

« Running has never been natural to me, so when we used to do lots of fitness testing I wasn’t as good as everyone else. When you put that against where I was from, that did play against me.

« I like to think we’re starting to move on from that, but there’s definitely still that undertone … »

Khawaja has been asked to join a Cricket Australia working group looking at increasing diversity in the game.

« When it comes to diversity … I think we’ve been OK at it but we’re still just not quite there, » he said.

« If you look at the landscape in terms of multicultural cricketers around, we’ve got a few subcontinental cricketers [but] we’ve still got a long way to go. »

Source: https://wwos.nine.com.au/cricket/usman-khawaja-claims-lazy-criticism-stems-from-racial-stereotype-cricket-australia/d99912f6-3218-4b56-8861-ca789fb1595a

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