Usman Khawaja, protesting the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine, has received a reprimand from the International Cricket Council for his black armband, which was deemed a breach of the ICC’s rules. Khawaja was informed that his original message was prohibited and that he would not be allowed to wear his shoes, which displayed slogans such as ‘All lives are equal’ and ‘Freedom is a human right.’ The ICC confirmed that the armband worn by Khawaja was also a breach and issued him an official warning and reprimand. Players are prohibited from displaying messages related to political, religious, or racial causes. Khawaja has expressed his displeasure with the ruling, claiming that he is standing up for those who don’t have a voice. Despite the ICC’s decision, Khawaja remains committed to his beliefs and will continue to seek approval for his protest.

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