International Cricket Council
Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja

It's important to celebrate cultural diversity because no two people are the same and that's what makes the world special. Australia is a beautiful place with a very multicultral community, so there's no better place to celebrate.

The Pakistani-born Australian cricketer and qualified pilot has become one of the most recognisable sports people on the planet. A left-handed top order batsman, Khawaja became the first Muslim and first Pakistani-born Australian to receive an Australian Cricket Test baggy green cap. Khawaja played his first test in 2011 against England at the SCG and since then has become a leading light in the Australia Test Team.

Born in Pakistan, Usman moved to Australia with his family as a young boy and grew up in Sydney. Usman studied at the University of NSW and graduated with an aviation degree and a commercial pilots license. Usman’s talent, perseverance and leadership qualities have been recognised with his appointment as Captain of Queensland for the past six seasons.

Usman is a role model for young Australian’s and a global cricket superstar. He has represented Australia in all three forms of the game – Tests, One day and T20 International.