Usman Khawaja played with a black band, ICC took action

In the first match of the three-match Test series between Australia and Pakistan, the Kangaroo team defeated Pakistan by a huge margin of 360 runs. In this match, Australia’s legendary batsman Usman Khawaja came on the field wearing a black band. Now Khawaja has been reprimanded by ICC. In fact, before this, Khawaja was seen practicing in shoes with a slogan written on them with the intention of raising awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. ICC had stopped Khawaja from wearing this shoe before the first Test match. After which Khwaja came on the field wearing a black band.

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The shoes worn by Usman Khawaja during practice before the first Test match in Perth had it written that ‘All life is equal and freedom is a human right.’ However, due to ICC ban, Khawaja could not use the shoes with these slogans in the match. Couldn’t do it during. In protest against this, ICC is very angry with Khawaja who came down wearing a black armband. According to information received from ESPNcricinfo, an ICC spokesperson told them that ‘Usman Khawaja has accused the ICC of violating Section F of the Clothing and Equipment Regulations.’

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The ICC spokesperson further said that ‘Umman has given a personal message with the armband. He did not take any permission from Cricket Australia or ICC for this. As required by the rules for personal messages. This is a violation of under. It is a reprimand as punishment for a first offence.’

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However, ICC will not stop Usman Khawaja from playing the Boxing Day Test. Now it will be interesting to see whether Usman Khawaja plays with the black stripe in the Boxing Day Test starting from December 26 or not. However, if Pakistan wants to save the series against Australia, they will have to win the Boxing Day Test.

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