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Usman Khawaja charged by ICC for his silent protest in AUS vs PAK 1st Test

Usman Khawaja charged by ICC for his silent protest in AUS vs PAK 1st Test

Khawaja had initially decided to play the AUS vs PAK 1st Test with the 'all lives are equal' marking on his shoe but was denied to do so by the ICC.

Australian opener Usman Khawaja has been charged by the ICC for his silent act of protest in the AUS vs PAK 1st Test. Khawaja had initially decided to wear shoes with the marking “all lives matter” amid the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. However, after Cricket Australia (CA) denied Khawaja the right to do so, he donned a black armband in protest of the ICC’s rules and regulations.

“Usman Khawaja has been charged for breaching Clause F of the Clothing and Equipment Regulations, which can be found on the ICC Playing Conditions page. The sanctions for a breach of the regulations are outlined in Appendix 2,” an ICC spokesperson said to Fox Cricket.

“Usman displayed a personal message (arm band) 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 offence is a reprimand.” the spokesperson further added.

ICC regulations on clothing & equipment regulations

“In determining whether a message is for a ‘political, religious or racial cause’, the starting point is that the ICC and its members acknowledge and agree that cricket should be used as a tool to bring people and communities around the world together and not as a platform to draw attention to potentially divisive political issues, rhetoric or agendas.

“Each case must be considered on its own facts and the ICC will take into account all relevant circumstances, including (as it sees fit): (a) the views of any other relevant team or individual; (b) the likely sentiment and response in the media to the message in all relevant countries; (c) whether the message is a ‘one-off’ or whether it is to be displayed for a longer period; (d) the purpose and impact of conveying the message,” the regulations continue.

“By way of example only, and without limitation, where the purpose of a message appears to be commemorative in nature (e.g. the use of a black armband or a poppy) or to serve a charitable purpose (e.g. to generate funds or awareness for a non-political charitable cause), it is more likely to be permitted; where a message appears to indicate support for a particular government, political party or individual, it is more likely to be prohibited. Where a request for approval is submitted to the ICC, the ICC shall be entitled to request such further information as it considers necessary before making its decision and to impose such conditions as it sees fit in providing its approval (as applicable).”

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