PRACTISING MUSLIM, USMAN KHAWAJA, FLICKS CRICKET’S $100 MIL BEER LOGOs
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
With the encouragement of Cricket Australia and ex-NSW Premier Mike Baird, Test cricketer Usman Khawaja discarded the VB and Four X logos on his kit. Khawaja is the first declared Muslim to wear the baggy green and part of his kit is a well-worn prayer mat that is used five times a day in front of perplexed team mates. But there are inconsistencies in Khawaja’s stance.
Shariah law does not permit homosexual behaviour and it does not permit interest to be charged by money lenders (a crime in Islam, denounced in Christianity and known as “usury”). Yet Khawaja still wears the Commonwealth Bank logo and plays with young team recruit “pretty boy” Adam Zampa’s bum cleavage when he thinks no-one is watching.
So it’s difficult to gauge just how committed Khawaja is to his sacred Islamic cult.
VB and Four X have supported State and Test cricket teams with $100 million. This money pays for players’ substantial retainers, all international and domestic airfares, hotels, meals and all other expenses, so it seems more than a little unfair that a player who partakes of VB’s and Four X’s largesse can walk away from any obligation to honour a promotional logo deal. But this is Islam we are talking about here.
Beer, with all its faults, is still very much a part of Australian culture and it is not yet illegal, so Khawaja is out of step with the Aussie image of “a fair go” and “one in all in”.
No VB logo for Khawaja
Kahwaja is a talented Pakistani but should respect the honour of playing for Australia and forget the stone-age Islamic traditions Pakistan clings to, as any Australian who played for Pakistan would do out of respect for another country. But respect is a word not mentioned in the Khoran when it comes to the traditions of others.
I watched in disgust when, during our National Anthem, Khawaja constantly fingered little Adam Zampa’s bum and I asked myself the question, “why doesn’t Adam break Usman’s bloody arm?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFc3P7lT27g (See Youtube clip if gay stuff doesn't offend.)
The Test team's agreed logo deal with VB.
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Peter Badel of The Courier-Mail wrote that, “Khawaja is too humble to ram his religious views down the throats of his cohorts, ...that’s what makes him a beacon for Australian cricket.” But that’s only the far Left Courier Mail.
And prior to taking up cricket Khawaja was training to fly aircraft.