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Usman Khawaja shows dove and olive department in BBL

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Usman Khawaja has displayed the dove and olive department image, which the ICC banned, on his sneakers and bat throughout the BBL match in opposition to Perth Scorchers in Brisbane.

The picture was authorized by the Cricket Australia board previous to the Boxing Day Check in opposition to Pakistan, however regardless of Khawaja’s submission to the ICC the governing physique denied him permission to make use of it throughout the recreation. The ICC has no oversight on the BBL as it’s a home event.

The image was on the again of his bat that he began the innings with, however he broke it within the first over and the substitute didn’t present it.

Khawaja had initially wished to take the sphere within the Perth Check with humanitarian messages elevating consciousness of the Gaza battle on his sneakers however that was stopped by ICC.

He then wore a black armband, which was understood to narrate to his social media posts on the humanitarian disaster, however earlier than the Melbourne Check Khawaja mentioned it had been for a private bereavement.

The emblem on Khawaja’s sneakers and bat additionally references article one of many common declaration of human rights which reads: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They’re endowed with cause and conscience and will act in the direction of each other in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Khawaja beforehand mentioned he didn’t imagine the ICC had been constant in making use of laws.

“They requested me on day two [in Perth] what it was for and advised them it was for a private bereavement,” he mentioned of the armband. “I by no means ever acknowledged it was for the rest. The sneakers have been a unique matter, I am blissful to say that. The armband is senseless to me. I adopted all of the laws, previous precedents, guys that put stickers on their bats, names on their sneakers, accomplished all types of issues prior to now with out ICC approval and by no means been reprimanded.”

Khawaja has spoken overtly about how affected he has been with pictures popping out of the battle in Gaza.

“After I’m taking a look at my Instagram and seeing harmless youngsters, movies of them dying, passing away, that is what hit me the toughest,” he had mentioned. “I simply think about my younger daughter in my arms and the identical factor. I get emotional speaking about it once more. I haven’t got any hidden agendas.

“If something this brings up extra negativity in the direction of me…I do not get something out of this. I simply really feel prefer it’s my accountability to talk up on this. We reside in such a stupendous nation. I am blessed to reside in Australia. I can stroll exterior, do not have to fret a couple of factor. My youngsters can do the identical. I simply need that for the remainder of the world.”

In a subsequent interview on Fox Cricket, he mentioned: “I do not do these items on a whim – that is one thing that has affected me for a very long time. I used to be taking part in Sheffield Protect cricket earlier than the Check collection and I used to be actually missing motivation. I talked to my spouse Rachel, I talked to our sports activities psychologist Brent Membery and Cricket Australia and advised them I actually am struggling for motivation proper now.”

Khawaja had acquired help from Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. “I would additionally wish to congratulate [Usman Khawaja] for the braveness he has proven standing up for human values. He has proven braveness and the actual fact the group has backed him in is a superb factor.”


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