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PCB waives off Azam Khan's fine over Palestinian flag display

Azam Khan was found to have violated Article 2.4 of the PCB code of conduct

By Web Desk
November 28, 2023
Azam Khan displayed Palestines flag on his bat during the National T20 game on November 26, 2023. — Reporter
Azam Khan displayed Palestine's flag on his bat during the National T20 game on November 26, 2023. — Reporter

Azam Khan's 50% fine imposed by match officials has been reviewed and waived off by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the game's governing body said in a statement on Tuesday.

On November 26, the middle-order batter was fined for breaching clothing and equipment regulations (displaying unapproved logo/political messaging) during the National T20 Cup match in Karachi.

Azam displayed Palestine's flag on his bat during a National T20 Cup match.

The Karachi Whites wicketkeeper-batter was fined 50% of his match fee for being found guilty of committing a level-I offence during his side’s National T20 Cup 2023-24 match against Lahore Blues at National Bank Stadium, Karachi.

Azam was found to have violated Article 2.4 of the PCB code of conduct for players and players' support personnel for repeated failure to comply with the instruction or directive of an umpire during a match.

Players and team officials are not permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey personal messages on their equipment unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s cricket association and PCB Cricket Operations Department.

The board's decision comes after cricket fans expressed their anger over the action taken against the cricketer on social media.

But the PCB’s decision to penalise the batter had left the netizens angry who have slammed the cricket authorities.

However, it is important to clarify here that during the World Cup the cricketers posted statements and pictures on their social media channels in support of Palestine. Back then they were not penalised as the ICC code is meant for on-field activities and off-the-ground actions are beyond their scope.

Azam had, according to sources, informed the referee that all of his bats had the same stickers.

The ICC regulation for clothing and equipment states that players shall not be allowed to display messages that carry political, religious, or racial activities or causes.

Sources confirmed that Azam had the same sticker on his bat during two previous games of the National T20 Cup. However, no one had warned him before Sunday’s game.