Friday, April 19, 2024

Usman Khawaja Faces ICC Charge for Wearing Black Armband in Support of Gaza

Australia’s opening batsman, Usman Khawaja, has been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for wearing a black armband in solidarity with the people of Gaza, who are experiencing significant bombardment from Israel. Khawaja donned the armband during the first Test against Pakistan in Perth after the ICC prohibited him from wearing shoes with slogans advocating for freedom and equality.

The ICC had warned Khawaja about potential sanctions, emphasizing that players must obtain permission from their respective cricket boards before displaying any messages. The charge against Khawaja pertains to a breach of Clause F of the Clothing and Equipment Regulations.

An ICC spokesperson stated, “Usman displayed a personal message (armband) during the 1st Test Match against Pakistan without seeking the prior approval of Cricket Australia and the ICC to display it, as required in the regulations for personal messages. This is a breach under the category of an ‘other breach,’ and the sanction for a first offense is a reprimand.”

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In response to the charge, Khawaja has reportedly filed a formal petition with Cricket Australia, seeking permission to wear the armband in the second Test against Pakistan. He expressed his view that it was unfair for the governing body to intervene in his attempt to convey a message of solidarity.

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Raheel J.M
Raheel J.M
Raheel, a Karachi-based reporter, is at the forefront of political journalism, providing insightful coverage that transcends the bustling landscape of Pakistan's political sphere. With an unwavering commitment to delivering accurate and comprehensive news, Raheel's work is marked by a keen understanding of the intricate dynamics shaping the political landscape.

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