PERTH: During the first Test match against Pakistan on Thursday, Usman Khawaja quietly protested by donning a black armband and writing support for the people of Gaza on his shoes with tape.
The opening batsman in the Perth match had expressed a desire to wear the shoes, which had the handwritten phrases “All lives are equal” and “Freedom is a human right” prominently displayed.
But Khawaja, a Muslim who born in Pakistan. Was informed that it violated the International Cricket Council’s guidelines regarding remarks made during games that touch on politics, religion, or racial issues.
Cricket Australia stated that it expected the players to follow the regulations. So Khawaja covered the slogans with semi-transparent tape so that only up close could the Palestinian flag-colored words be seen.
According to local media, Cricket Australia said Khawaja was wearing. The armband in line with a video he recently shared on Instagram from the children’s charity UNICEF from Gaza.
In the post Usman Khawaja commented: “Do people not care about innocent humans killed?”
The war sparked by Hamas raids into Israel on October 7 that killed 1,200 people.
Khawaja on Wednesday vowed to fight the ban on his footwear. And doubled down on his stance just before going in to bat in the first Test.
“I just think that so much has happened in the past that sets a precedent,” Khawaja told Fox Cricket.
“Other guys that have religious things on their equipment. Under the ICC guidelines that’s not technically allowed, but the ICC never says anything on that,” he added.