ICC Rejects Khawaja’s Appeal Against Sanction for Wearing Black Armband

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected the appeal filed by Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja against the sanction imposed on him for wearing a black armband during a test match against Pakistan in Perth.

Khawaja was reprimanded last month as the said conduct was held to be in breach of the Clothing and Equipment Regulations (Regulation F), which prohibits players and team officials from wearing, displaying, or conveying personal messages on their clothing, equipment, etc. unless prior permission is obtained. As per the provision, approval will not be provided for messages relating to “political, religious or racial activities or causes“. However, the cricketer said that the black armband was in relation to a “personal bereavement”. Rejecting his contentions, the ICC dismissed the appeal as per reports.