Following the withdrawal of both New Zealand and England from their respective tours to Pakistan, Australian batsman Usman Khawaja put out his opinion that it is easy for the players and organisations to say no to Pakistan. The cricketer also added that the same applies with Bangladesh but opined that when it comes to India, money overpowers everything.
"I feel it's very easy for players and organisations to say no to Pakistan, because it's Pakistan. I think the same thing would apply too, if it were Bangladesh. But nobody would say no to India, if they're in the same situation," Khawaja was quoted as saying by The West Australian on Thursday.
The Australian also insisted that ‘financial reason’ plays a big part in the decision making and added that Pakistan have time and again proved that they are a safe country for the sport to be played.
"Money talks, we all know that, and that's probably a big part of it. They keep proving time and time again through their tournaments that they're a safe place to play cricket. I think there's no reason why we shouldn't go back," added the 34-year-old.
Earlier, former West Indian World Cup-winning skipper Darren Sammy also reiterated the safety and security in the Asian country. Citing the experience of fellow Australian Ben Cutting, Khawaja stated that there is heavy security involved and it is quite safe to tour the country.
"There's a lot of security. Heavy, heavy security. I've heard nothing but reports about people feeling safe. Even talking to the guys during the PSL about what it's like ... they would say the same thing to me 'like 10 years ago, maybe not, but now 100 per cent'."