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Khawaja is collaborating with the Cricket Australia to increase South Asian representation in Australian cricket.

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About a decade after becoming the first Muslim to wear the baggy green following a brush with bigotry, batsman Usman Khawaja is working with Cricket Australia to secure more South Asian participation in his adopted country’s cricketing ecosystem.

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When he made his international debut in an Ashes Test at the SCG, his home ground, in 2011, the top-order batter became Australia’s first Muslim and first player of Pakistani origin.

Khawaja has frequently discussed the difficulties he has encountered in his pursuit to play top-level cricket in Australia.

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“It’s a lot better now,” Khawaja was cited by ESPNCricinfo as saying.

“I see a lot more cricketers from the subcontinent coming up through the state levels in Australia, something we didn’t see when I was growing up, even while I was playing.”

“I was playing domestic cricket, and I was the lone player from the subcontinent.” “Right now, it’s probably just myself and a few people.”

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