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ICC rejected Usman Khawaja’s appeal, he did something like this in the test match against Pakistan

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ICC rejects Usman Khawaja’s appeal

Usman Khawaja: Australia opener Usman Khawaja wore a black armband during the opening Test of the three-match series against Pakistan in support of children affected by the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine in Gaza. ICC reprimanded him for this. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia’s opener Usman Khawaja’s appeal against the ban for wearing an armband (black band) has been rejected by the International Cricket Council.

Black band was worn in Pakistan test

37-year-old Khawaja is the first Muslim cricketer to play Test for Australia. Usman Khawaja was reprimanded by the ICC for wearing a black armband on the field during the first Test against Pakistan in Perth, a Sydney Morning Herald report on Sunday quoted sources as saying. The ICC has rejected the appeal to lift the ban against him. Under ICC rules, cricketers cannot display any kind of political, religious or racist message during international matches. But on the death of former players, family members or any important person, a black band can be worn with prior permission.

ICC spokesperson had said this

When Usman Khawaja was reprimanded by the ICC, the ICC spokesperson had said that Usman gave a personal message (black band on the arm) in the first match against Pakistan without taking permission from Cricket Australia and ICC. This falls under the other violation category and they have been reprimanded for the first offense. Earlier, when Khawaja came out for a practice session on December 13, All Lives are Equal and Freedom is Human Right were written on his batting shoes.

Khawaja had then said that the ICC had asked me on the second day of the Perth Test why I was wearing a black armband and I had said it was because of personal mourning. I didn’t say anything other than this. I respect ICC and its rules. I will challenge this decision. The issue of shoes was different. I feel good saying that but there is no point in scolding about the armband. He said that he had no hidden agenda when he came for the practice session. The slogans written on his shoes, however, point towards the ongoing war in Gaza. He said that I had no agenda. I wanted to shed light on a cause that I am a staunch supporter of, and I did so in a respectful manner. I’ve been thinking about what I wrote about shoes for a long time. I kept religion beyond this. I was talking about the issue of humanity.

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