Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja is set to make a bold statement during the upcoming Perth Test against Pakistan by wearing shoes adorned with slogans in support of Palestinians affected by the Gaza conflict.

Usman Khawaja, known for his active social stance on global issues, was seen sporting shoes inscribed with messages like “Freedom is a human right” and “All lives are equal” during the team’s recent training session.

Khawaja’s plan to wear these shoes during the first day of play on December 14 raises questions about cricket’s regulations concerning political expressions. In response, Cricket Australia shared their position, expressing support for players’ personal opinions while emphasizing the ICC’s rules that discourage the display of personal messages during matches.

Consistently echoing the same sentiments on social media, Usman Khawaja has voiced concerns about the Gaza conflict. While there are no specific ICC regulations governing players’ social media posts on such matters, there are stringent rules regarding non-compliant messages or logos on clothing during international matches.

England’s Moeen Ali faced ICC intervention in 2014 when asked to remove wristbands bearing slogans related to Gaza during a Test match, highlighting the strict ICC stance on on-field displays.

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