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2020-05-02

Coronavirus Khawaja is 'very shocked' at Cricket Australia's financial situation

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Usman Khawaja has revealed he is "very shocked" because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic due to the financial situation Cricket Australia (CA) finds itself in.

From April 27 to the end of the financial year, CA has stood down the vast majority of its staff on reduced pay, with concerns about when international action can resume.

Australia is due to stage the ICC T20 World Cup, as well as welcoming India for a lucrative tour, yet due to the global health crisis their home schedule could be in danger.

Admitting it is disappointing how the situation has played out, Khawaja hopes that CA and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) can work together to come through what he feels is a cash-flow problem that could have been avoided.

"I was very shocked. I knew our projections for revenue were still very high and I think they still are, depending on what happens with the India series," he told Fox Sports.

"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 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 c**p hits the fan. " So on that front I'm a little disappointed ... But what has been done is done now, so it's just our responsibility as CA and ACA to work through that. "Khawaja was absent from the list of players to be awarded national contracts by CA this week, not having played a Test since being dropped during the 2019 Ashes in England. The left-hander, who averages over 40 in the longest format, still believes he's one of the top six batsmen in th. Bar perhaps Steve Smith, who's an absolute genius.

"But the most important thing is to score runs."