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Khawaja wears a black armband in support of the Gaza Strip after his “all lives are equal” sneakers were banned

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<p>Australia: On the first day of the cricket test series against Pakistan, Usman Khawaja, the batter for Australia, was not permitted to wear shoes with his humanitarian message of “all lives are equal.” Instead, he chose to wear a black armband.</p>
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<p>The International Cricket Council stepped in on Wednesday when Khawaja said he would wear shoes with slogans to commemorate the innocent souls lost in the Israel-Hamas conflict during the game.</p>
<p>International cricket rules set out by the ICC prohibit the exhibition of political or religious comments on team uniforms or equipment.</p>
<p>In order to avoid punishment for himself or his team, Khawaja said he would follow the decision, but he would contest the ICC’s position.</p>
<p>“Everyone has the right to freedom, and that right is unalienable,” Khawaja said on social media. “I will always hold that belief.”</p>
<p>In the five-day encounter, Australia elected to bat first, and Khawaja, David Warner, and the Pakistani fielders went on the pitch together.</p>
<p>Khawaja, the first Muslim player for Australia in test cricket, was born in Pakistan and donned a black armband to demonstrate support for the people of Gaza.</p>
<p>He said that he wasn’t trying to cause division or make a political statement with the writing on his shoes.</p>
<p>“I refuse to choose sides. On X, the platform that was once known as Twitter, Khawaja shared a video saying, “Human life to me is equal.” All I’m doing is standing up for those without a voice. I hold this dear to my heart.</p>
<p>Before being bowled out by Shaheen Shah Afridi in the 30th over, he amassed 41 runs in a 126-run opening partnership with Warner and was forced to leave the field.</p>
<p>He claimed in previous pre-game TV appearances that there had been instances in which cricket players have been permitted to demonstrate their support for other causes.</p>
<p>Khawaja said, “I find it a little disappointing that they came down hard on me and they don’t come down hard on everyone.”</p>
<p>The 36-year-old hitter had some high-level support, extending as far as Australia’s federal treasurer, Jim Chalmers, and cricket captain Pat Cummins.</p>
<p>“I agree with what was written on the shoes—all lives are equal,” Cummins said. It isn’t really polarizing. Nobody really can have too many complaints about it, in my opinion.</p>
<p>Chalmers said that Khawaja should be permitted to wear the shoes by the ICC on Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.</p>
<p>“To be honest, I find it unusual that people want to dispute that statement, and I don’t think it’s particularly controversial,” he said. “Lives lost during a conflict are not worth more or less than lives lost during a conflict on either side.”</p>
<p>Over 18,400 Palestinians have lost their lives in the Israel-Hamas conflict, according to the Health Ministry in the zone under Hamas control. This figure does not distinguish between fighter and civilian casualties. After Hamas attacked southern Israel on October 7, killing around 1,200 people, largely civilians, and seizing about 240 hostages, Israel claims that 113 of its troops had perished in their ground operation.</p>


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