ICC punishes Usman Khawaja. Australia opener Usman Khawaja has been reprimanded by the ICC for ‘displaying a personal message’ in the Perth Test.

Australian opener Usman Khawaja is facing charges from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a form of protest involving the donning of a black armband during the Test match against Pakistan at Perth’s Optus Stadium. Khawaja’s act occurred during Australia’s dominant victory by 360 runs in the series’ opening Test. Across two innings, the opening batsman showcased his prowess with scores of 41 and 90, contributing significantly to his team’s comfortable triumph on Day 4.

Last week, Khawaja had criticized the ICC for censoring him and reaffirmed his commitment to persist in advocating for messages of support for civilians in Gaza. “Usman Khawaja charge with breaching Clause F of the Clothing and Equipment Regulations on the ICC Playing Conditions page.

ICC punishes Usman Khawaja.
ICC punishes Usman Khawaja

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Why ICC reprimanded Khawaja

“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.”

ICC cautioned Khawaja earlier

Khawaja, aged 36, displayed the slogans “Freedom is a human right” and “All lives are equal” on his footwear. The ICC cautioned him, indicating potential sanctions if he persisted in wearing shoes with these messages. Khawaja covered the messages with tape but took the field on the first day of the Test with a black armband on his left arm.

What the rules say

“Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey personal messages on their clothing, or equipment. Images or otherwise unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s board and the ICC Cricket Operations Department. Approval shall not be grantee for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes,” the rules state.

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According to news agency Reuters, Israel’s ongoing attack on Gaza in response to a cross-border attack by Hamas has killed thousands of Palestinians. Earlier, England all-rounder Moeen Ali banned by the ICC from wearing wristbands with slogans “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” back in 2014. Khawaja is expected to feature in Australia’s next meeting against Pakistan. The second Test between Pakistan and hosts Australia will start on Tuesday.

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