What’s religion got to do with it?

Latest addition to the Australian Test Squad - Usman Khawaja

One of our journalists headed his article on young Usman’s elevation to the peerage with the remark “First Muslim to represent Australia”.

He received blunt answers from all but one of the on-line commentators, which were all along the lines of  “He’s an Aussie, he plays good cricket, who cares about his religion?” They went on to observe that journos don’t mention the faith of other team members, so why should they try and make an issue out of Usman’s?   It’s a non-event.

Usman himself didn’t see it in religious terms either; he plays guitar (whoops, the Imams will have a fit), plays Playstation (likewise), and doesn’t interrupt his innings to bang his head on the pitch at regular intervals.   He is a non-drinker of alcoholic beverages, but as Katich (his NSW captain) points out, that means he can act as taxi-driver when he joins the lads to go out for a night on the town.   Which he does.

The journo’s efforts to stir up trouble rather backfired.   Good!

Oh, the one dissenter?   He observed that religion must be important, because with the weird selection policy operated by current State boards it was practically impossible for any promising new youngsters to be selected unless they fitted some arcane profile which had little to do with their proficiency at cricket!   Oh, parochial politics in sport – beats religious bias every time! 😀

Author: Bearsy

A Queensland Bear with attitude

11 thoughts on “What’s religion got to do with it?”

  1. Sigh, OK.

    Religion has nothing to do with it, Bearsy.

    I can’t remember the rest, but I vaguely remember wishing you a Happy New Year.

    It’s been a very very long day! 😦

  2. Sorry Araminta – Boadicea prevailed on me to transfer this post from my site to hers, and I couldn’t have it on both, that would be bad form! 😦

    Happy New Year to you and Bilby. 😀

  3. The man is a bloody ace cricket player. Thank you for this post, Bearsy. It is simply insufferable that these minor parts of life are exaggerated by the media at all times.

  4. We’ve had one for years, no problem, if he’s good enough pick him.

    Hashin Amla played 49 tests ave 46.75, 37 ODI’s ave 59.56.

    He’s 27, he’s going to be around for a long time.

    Here’s a useless bit of info, he has to have different cricket shirts then the rest of the squad because our current test sponsor is Castle Lager and Amla doesn’t wont to be seen ‘promoting’ or ‘endorsing’ alcohol!

  5. You’ve got your head on upside down,
    You’ve got your head on upside down’

    Or so sang the Barmy Army when Amla had the privilege of fielding close to their stand, a few years ago. For those who do not know him, he has a long thick black beard and a very bald head! Very good cricketer.

    Soutie, I had no idea that he wore a different shirt to the rest. It makes sense I suppose, but one wonders whether that his not promoting alcohol extends as far refusing the ‘devil’s silver’.

    Bearsy, I suppose that the dissenting journo succeeded in his intentions, namely that his article has been read and discussed. I don’t think journalists in general care too much about integrity just as I do not think most lawyers care too much about justice, despite protestations to the contrary.

    Happy New Year to all.

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