Usman Khawaja to ICC over Gaza. Australia’s Usman Khawaja shared his views about the ICC’s mandate over the shoe slogan ban in the lead-up to the 1st Test against Pakistan.

Australia batter Usman Khawaja issued an emotional statement after the International Cricket Council (ICC) refused to allow him to have any written messages on his shoes during the upcoming Test match against Pakistan. After an embarrassing campaign in the India World Cup, Asian giants Pakistan are touring Australia for a bilateral Test series. Born in Islamabad, Australian batter Khawaja wanted to express his support for the people of Gaza during the Pakistan Test series.

Gearing up for the 1st Test against Pakistan, the Aussie batter had messages “Freedom is a human right” and “All lives are equal” mentioned on his shoes in the colors of the Palestinian flag in yesterday’s training session in Perth. As per initial media reports, Khawaja was hoping to wear the same boots in the Test series opener against Pakistan. However, Australia skipper Pat Cummins said that Khawaja agreed not to display any message during the Pakistan Test match.

Usman Khawaja To ICC
Usman Khawaja To ICC

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‘Is freedom not for everyone?’ (Usman Khawaja to ICC over Gaza):

On the eve, Khawaja posted a video on X and shared his views about the ICC’s mandate over the shoe slogan ban. “Is freedom not for everyone? Are all lives not equal? To me personally, it doesn’t matter what race, religion, or culture you are. I’m just speaking up for those who don’t have a voice. The ICC has told me that I can’t wear my shoes on the field. They believe it’s a political statement under their guidelines,” Khawaja said. “I don’t believe it is so — it’s a humanitarian appeal. I will respect their view and decision but I will fight it and seek to gain approval,” he added.

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Impact of Messages on Cricket Attire: Regulations

It should be noted that the ICC Code of Conduct prohibits players from wearing, or displaying. Conveying messages through items on clothing or equipment without the approval of the global governing body of cricket. Back in 2014, England all-rounder Moeen Ali was banned by the ICC from wearing wristbands saying “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine”. International cricketers allow to “take a knee” before matches in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement by the ICC in 2020 and 2021.

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