Former Australian Test cricketer Brett Lee has spoken out about his future and his aspirations for playing in any country in the country of his birth.
Lee’s comments have been met with controversy as he has been widely condemned for using racial slurs against players of Pakistani descent.
Speaking to a group of journalists in New York, Lee said that he was happy to play anywhere and he had no qualms about using the N-word.
“I’ll be playing anywhere I feel like,” he said.
“And I’m very comfortable in my skin and in my language.”
It’s not about having to choose a side or being scared, it’s about knowing that I’m part of a group and I’m going to play with people I like and I can learn from them and get better at it.
“That’s the best way to go about it.”
Lee’s statement comes days after former Test captain Shane Warne announced his retirement from international cricket, leaving a void at the crease for Australia.
Lee told reporters he did not regret playing for Australia but said he was “grateful” to his former teammates for the respect they gave him.
“If you’re going to make a statement, you have to make it the right way,” Lee said.