Top-order batsman Usman Khawaja, who was snubbed by Cricket Australia while announcing central contracts, says he was shocked to learn about the financial crisis the Board is facing and blamed it on ‘mismanagement’. CA chief executive Kevin Roberts had to stand down the vast majority of the staff for the rest of the financial year and Khawaja said that the sport’s governing body in the country is having cash-flow issues. Also Read - Competitive Cricket Set to Return With Fans in Australia After Coronavirus Lockdown
Former captains Michael Clarke and Allan Border had criticised Cricket Australia for dropping Khwaja, who felt he is still one of the six best batsmen in the world. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Sunil Chhetri Mourn Kerala Elephant Tragedy, Call For Stringent Action Against Perpetrators
“I was very shocked. Because I knew our projections for revenue were still very high and I think they still are, depending on what happens with the Indian series,” Khawaja was quoted as saying by Fox Sports. Also Read - ICC Cricket Committee Chief Anil Kumble Bats For More Spinner-friendly Pitches Post Lockdown to Maintain Balance
“It’s a bit confusing. I don’t have all the financial information in front of me, but it seems like it’s more of a cash flow problem at the moment. There’s obviously a little bit of mismanagement there somewhere, with the portfolio and putting a lot of money into the share market.
“To me that’s Business 101. To make sure you have enough cash reserves if crap hits the fan. So I’m a little bit disappointed on that front … but what’s been done is done now, so it’s just our responsibility as CA and ACA to work through this.”
Khawaja said he was still good with bat in his hand and that “age is just a number”.
“My playing against spin has been right up there as some of the best in the county. Bar maybe Steve Smith, who is an absolute genius. But the most important thing is to score runs.”