ICC charges Khawaja for wearing black armband in Perth Test

Australian opener Usman Khawaja has been charged by international cricket’s governing body for donning a black armband during the first Test against Pakistan in Perth.

The International Cricket Council said Khawaja did not get the armband approved before wearing it in Perth, a move he declared was made in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

On Thursday night, the ICC took action over a “breach” by the 36-year-old.

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“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,” an ICC spokesperson said

“The sanctions for a breach of the regulations are outlined in Appendix 2.

“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.”

It comes after Khawaja was spotted with handwriting on his shoes that read “Freedom is a human right” and “All lives are equal” before the first Test.

Khawaja was warned that if he wore those shoes during any upcoming Test match, he would face punishment from the ICC.

Despite covering his shoes during the first Test, which Australia went on to win by a massive 360 runs, Khawaja’s black armband was the next item to be noted.

Amidst all the off-field attention, the batsman went on to make a respectable 90 in Australia’s second innings, helping his side to a statement victory.

Now attention will turn to what the opening batsman may do during the upcoming Boxing Day Test, starting on December 26 at the MCG.

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