In the ongoing National T20 cup in Karachi, middle-order batsman Azam Khan is fined 50% of his match fee for violating clothing and equipment regulations. The clothing and equipment regulations refer to the display of approval display of logos, flags, or political messages on the kit and playing equipment.
In the match between Karachi Whites and Lahore Blues played on Sunday, Azam Khan put a sticker of the Palestinian flag on his bat.
The hard-hitting batsman Azam Khan is playing for Karachi Blues in the ongoing National T20 Cup. He scored 35 runs in that particular match before he was summoned by match referee Mohammad Javed.
For violating the clothing and equipment regulations the Karachi Blues player was fined 50% of his match fee for displaying the Palestinian flag on his bat. The regulations are set by the International Cricket Council (ICC), The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is also a signatory of ICC.
Azam Khan stated that he already informed the match referee that all his bats had these stickers on them.
According to the clothing and equipment regulation of ICC, players are not allowed to display any message on their kits and equipment that carry political, religious, or racist message, cause, or activity.
In two previous matches of the National T20 Cup, Azam Khan batted with the same sticker on his bat. But officials did not warn him before Sunday’s match.
Last month during the ICC Cricket World Cup, Pakistani batter Mohammad Rizwan, dedicated his match-winning knock to the people of Gaza. Rizwan scored a blistering 131 runs against Sri Lanka in that innings last month.
PCB asked the wicketkeeper-batter to delete the post from his social media handle “X” in which he had dedicated his innings to the people of Gaza.