The anti-apartheid movement has been going on all over the world since last year. Oli Robinson's tweet has caused a stir all over the world. Meanwhile, Aussie cricketer Usman Khawaja detonated the bomb.
In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, he told the story of racism in Australian cricket. Usman Khawaja, of Pakistani descent, made his Australian debut in the 2011 Ashes. He is the first Muslim cricketer to play for the Australian national team.
Khwaja was born in Islamabad but moved to Australia with his family when he was five years old. The 34-year-old star cricketer said in the interview, "It has been said many times since the beginning of my cricket career that I will not get a chance in the national team because of my complexion, it cannot be counted!" I was told, I don’t fit in with others on the team, so it’s not being taken. That was the mentality. But it is changing a little bit now.
Usman Khawaja has since played 44 Tests for the Aussies. "When I started getting involved in cricket, subcontinental cricketers living in Australia used to say to me, 'It's nice to see you in that position. You look like we've become part of the Australian cricket team. We love the Australian cricket team more than ever.' "It simply came to our notice then.
When the Khwaja family left Pakistan and moved permanently to Australia, Khwaja could not support the new country. Admitting this, he said, 'Such incidents (racism) kept happening to me again and again. Every time this happened, I realized that my background was what set me apart from the locals. It took me a while to support Australia as a child. When I moved to Australia from Pakistan, I had no desire to support the Australian cricket team. After a while I leaned towards cricket.