Khawaja on the brink of making anti-war statement in Perth Test, facing potential ICC punishment

Usman Khawaja risks potential censure or penalty from the ICC for messages written on his cricket shoes. The Pakistan-born Australian displayed the messages “Freedom is a human right” and “All lives are equal” on his shoes during training. Reports suggest he plans to wear similar messages during the first Test against Pakistan. Khawaja has been deeply affected by the ongoing conflict in Gaza and has expressed his thoughts on social media. However, according to ICC regulations, players are not allowed to convey political, religious, or racial messages through their clothing and equipment during international matches. In 2014, England spinner Moeen Ali was reprimanded for wearing wristbands with similar messages. The ICC stressed that cricket should not be used to highlight divisive issues. Therefore, Khawaja may face repercussions for his action.