Usman Khawaja Challenges ICC, Explains Decision To Don Black Armband

Usman Khawaja explained his black armband decision

The Aussie batter added that he respects the apex cricket board and all the rules and regulations. The left-handed batter added that ICC has not been consistent before.

“I respect the ICC and the rules and regulations they have. I will be asking them and contesting whether they make it fair and equitable for everyone and whether they have consistency in how they officiate. That consistency hasn’t been done yet. I was very open and honest with that. I’ll deal with that with the ICC,” he added.

In the first Test match in Perth, Khawaja wore the armband having initially planned to take the field with writing on his shoes which he had worn in training stating “all lives are equal” and “freedom is a human right” to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Though black armbands are regularly worn by players to mourn the deaths of former players, family members or other significant individuals, they need permission from the national board and the ICC before they are worn.

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Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has explained his decision to wear a black armband during a Test match against New Zealand in Perth. Khawaja stated that he respects the International Cricket Council (ICC) and their rules and regulations, but believes that the ICC has not been consistent in its decision-making. He plans to contest whether the rules are fair and equitable for all players and if there is consistency in how they are officiated. Khawaja initially intended to wear shoes with writing that raised awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but instead opted for the black armband. While black armbands are commonly worn to mourn the deaths of significant individuals, permission must first be obtained from the national board and the ICC.

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