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The ICC’s ‘double standard’ in support of Palestine

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ICC is being bombed one after the other on Christmas Day!

Australian opener Usman Khawaja of Pakistani origin wanted to enter the field for the third time with a message in support of Palestine and Gazans, three times he was banned by the ICC rules. Australia captain Pat Cummins expressed surprise about this, it is necessary to inform – Khawaja’s request is an innocent request from one side. Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael washed the ICC for their duplicity.

This time, Khawaja himself posted on social media about ICC’s duplicity or double standard.

Today is December 25, Christmas festival. Khawaja posted a video on Instagram wishing everyone on this occasion. He wrote in the caption, ‘Happy Christmas everyone. (Laughing Emoji) Sometimes you just want to smile! See you on Boxing Day.’

You have to watch the video posted by Khawaja to understand the reason for the occasional smile. In the video, Khawaja first highlighted the ‘personal message’ clause of the ICC’s policy on players’ jerseys, clothing and equipment on the field. “No political, religious or racist writing will be allowed,” the marker said. After that, Khawaja showed three pictures of three players in the video.

First up is a photo taken from West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran’s Instagram, which shows a Christian cross painted on his bat. Then a picture of his teammate Marnus Labuschagne in the Australian team, where it can be seen that Labuschagne is celebrating a century in an Australian jersey. The picture depicts a hawk on Labusche’s bat, which in the Bible speaks of God’s power, faith in God, and other attributes. At the end, there is a picture of Dakshina Keshav Maharaj, where it can be seen that the special Hindu symbol ‘O’ is painted on the back of Maharaj’s bat in an international match in South Africa’s jersey.

Khwaja’s relationship with this video? Incidentally, Khawaja’s training shoes before the three-Test series against Pakistan were emblazoned with ‘Freedom is the right of all men’ and ‘All lives are equal’. Khawaja was supposed to wear the shoes in the first Test in Perth, but the ICC told him it was against the law. Although Khawaja accepted it, he said in a video message that the message was for the pain he felt for the innocent children killed indiscriminately in Gaza, and there was no political purpose here.

Khawaja, who was banned by the ICC, did not wear those shoes, but played the Perth Test with a black brace on his arm. The ICC later objected to this, accusing him of breaching the ICC’s ‘Jersey and Equipment’ rules. Khawaja then said that he was wearing the black armband for personal mourning, and had already informed the ICC about it. There are also examples of many others wearing such armbands.

Khawaja then wanted to paint a picture of a black pigeon on his shoe and bat in the Boxing Day Test starting tomorrow in Melbourne. What more problems could there be in the image of a messenger of peace! But the ICC said it was politically motivated. So it is also banned.

Khawaja showed in the video that earlier, Puran, Labuchen or Maharaj came to the field with such signs, but the ICC did not see any problem. But they are now banning the symbol of peace in support of Palestine! That’s why Khawaja has added hashtags at the end of the caption of the video, which reads, ‘There is no continuity’, ‘Double standard!’

Earlier, Australia captain Pat Cummins also said that he does not see any difference between Labuchen’s eagle and Khawaja’s pigeon, when asked about the ICC ban on Khawaja’s bat-shoe pigeon picture.

And the West Indies legend questioned the duplicity of the holding ICC and said, Khawaja is not allowed to do anything, then why did the ICC not stop the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement for blacks or the gay movement!


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