Usman Khawaja surprised by Cricket Australia financial crisis

MELBOURNE: Batter Usman Khawaja , who was snubbed by Cricket australia In announcing core contracts, he says he was surprised to learn of the financial crisis facing the board and attributed it to mismanagement.

Former captains Michael Clarke and Allan Border had criticised Cricket australia for dropping Khwaja, who felt he is still one of the six best batsmen in the world.

"I was very shocked. Because I knew our projections for revenue were still very high and I think they still are, depending on what happens with the Indian series," Khawaja was quoted as saying by 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 cashflow problem at the moment. There's obviously a little bit of mismanagement there somewhere, with the portfolio and putting a lot of money into the share market.

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"To me that's Business 101. To make sure you have enough cash reserves if crap hits the fan. So I'm a little bit disappointed on that front ... but what's been done is done now, so it's just our responsibility as CA and ACA to work through this."

Khawaja said he was still good with a bat in his hand and that "age is just a number".

My game against spin has been one of the best in the county. Bar maybe Steve Smith , who is an absolute genius. But the most important thing is to score runs.