Uncapped leg-spinner Usman Qadir has denied his decision to play for Pakistan signifies a ‘U-turn’ since he had earlier stated his ambitions to represent Australia on the international stage. Usman admitted being constantly overlooked for selection in the national side had forced him to seek Australian citizenship but he was not able to acquire it in time.
Reflecting on how he returned to Pakistan to restart his domestic cricket journey, the 26-year-old claimed it was done on the insistence of his late father, the legendary Abdul Qadir. Usman revealed it was his father’s dream to don Pakistan’s national colours.
"That's not a U-turn. I played all the cricket but unfortunately if I wanted to play T20 for Australia, I have to be a local there. Everyone said to me that I had made a U-turn – I didn't make a U-turn. I didn't make any decision like this. I said before that I wanted to play for Australia but it's a big opportunity to play for your own country,” Usman told cricket.com.au.
His attempts at obtaining Australian citizenship did not materialize in time even though he made his debut for the domestic side Western Australia in the 2018 JLT One-Day Cup.