The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly overturned the fine imposed on batter Azam Khan for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct. As per media reports, the wicketkeeper-batsman was allegedly fined 50 percent of his match fee for expressing solidarity with Palestine in a National T20 Cup match.
The incident took place on Sunday (November 26) during the National T20 clash between Karachi Whites and Lahore Blues. Azam Khan decided to show solidarity with war-torn Palestine by displaying its flag on his bat. However, the ICC rules and regulations do not allow the players to display any logo or message on their clothes or equipment such as bats, or gloves which carry a political, or religious, statement.
“Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment,” states the rule.
The same rules and regulations are applicable in the domestic matches of all the member boards as well. Consequently, the PCB punished him by slapping a hefty fine on him. Reports also suggested that Azam Khan could be banned if he repeats his actions.
In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, cricketer Azam Khan has been fined 50% of the match fee for using the Palestine flag on his bat. And warning of suspension if he does so again ? ?? pic.twitter.com/ppOotQ16KP
— • (@Al__Quraan) November 26, 2023
PCB revokes fine on Azam Khan:
The PCB faced severe criticism from the Pakistan cricket fraternity for the decision. Senior Pakistani journalist Hamir Mir also sought clarity over the incident, writing on X: “Will the PCB tell when it became a crime to put the flag of Palestine on the cricket bat in Pakistan? Those who fined Azam Khan for placing the Palestinian flag on the bat should be dismissed from the PCB and set an example.”
And on Tuesday (November 28), the cricket board decided to reverse the decision, according to journalist Saleem Khaliq.
پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ نے بیٹر اعظم خان پر عائدکردہ جرمانے کا جائزہ لینے کے بعد اسے ختم کردیا ہے
— Saleem Khaliq (@saleemkhaliq) November 28, 2023
Recently, Pakistan star Mohammad Rizwan also showed his support for Palestine. After scoring a match-winning hundred against Sri Lanka in the World Cup last month, he dedicated the knock to the victims of war in Gaza.