Usman Khawaja challenges ICC allegations amid armband row

10:10 PM | 22 Dec, 2023
Usman Khawaja challenges ICC allegations amid armband row

Usman Khawaja, an Australian cricket player, has contested the International Cricket Council's (ICC) allegation that he violated the rules by donning a black armband during the first Test match against Pakistan.

After originally wishing to support the Palestinian cause by donning sneakers with the slogans "All lives are equal" and "Freedom is a human right," Khawaja put on the armband in Perth. The ICC's regulations pertaining to political remarks were found to be violated by these communications.

While wearing black armbands in memory of the deceased is allowed, prior authorization from the ICC and national board is required. But Khawaja insists he told the ICC the wristband was for personal grief, following protocol.

Speaking in Melbourne prior to the Boxing Day Test, Khawaja said he was perplexed by the inconsistent application of the law. 

"The shoes were a different matter, but the armband... I followed all regulations and past precedents," he said. He gave examples from the past when athletes altered bats or worn armbands and shoes that weren't allowed without consent or facing consequences. 

He claimed he had no political intent and that the words he had written on his shoes were an expression of how he felt about the murders occurring in Gaza. Khawaja claimed to have no hidden motive and to have voiced sympathy on humanitarian grounds rather than religious or political ones. He insisted that the issue was all about human rights.

While he disputed the inconsistent implementation, Khawaja stressed his respect for the ICC and its regulations. "I will be asking them to make it fair and equitable for everyone," he said. "I was quite truthful and upfront. I will handle things with the ICC.''

He promised never to wear an armband again and declared his adherence to and respect for the ICC regulations. Khawaja made it clear that the footage of helpless children being slaughtered were the only thing upsetting him.

The challenge draws attention to the rules of the ICC and how they are applied. It remains to be seen if Khawaja's personal justification for donning the armband is valid and how the ICC handles his concerns.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 25, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moved up to 301.75 and selling rate is 303.85.

British Pound rate is 356 for buying, and 360.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.65 and Saudi Riyal hovered at 73.90.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279 280.75
Euro EUR 301.75 303.85
UK Pound Sterling GBP 356 360.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.65 77.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.90 74.63
Australian Dollar AUD 184.95 186.75
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.65 205.65
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.4 204.4
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.55 7.7


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