Usman Khawaja forced to remove black dove sticker from bat during first Test against New Zealand | Cricket News

Mar2,2024



New Delhi: Regarding controversy black dove sticker reappeared on the third day of first test between australia and new zealand But Wellington's Basin ReserveAs an Australian opening batsman Usman Khawaja Was forced to remove the insignia from his bat during the match.
During Australia's second innings on Saturday morning, Khawaja suffered an unfortunate incident when his bat broke, which required the removal of the Black Dove sticker from the replacement bat.
Scorecard: New Zealand vs Australia, 1st Test
The thirty-six-year-old player had to follow the rules and take off the decal, which depicts a dove holding an olive branch, before continuing his batting.
controversy arising from International Cricket CouncilThe International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected Khawaja's request to wear a pigeon sticker during the Test series against Pakistan, citing it as “political protest”.
Despite this decision, Khawaja persisted in wearing the emblem during his net sessions. However, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley and Test captain pat cummins Reiterated its unwavering support towards Khawaja, acknowledged his right to express himself. Khawaja's birthplace in Islamabad adds a personal dimension to the issue.
The veteran player had previously faced criticism from the ICC for wearing a black armband in the series opener against Pakistan, sparking debate over players' expressions of solidarity or protest during matches.
Amidst the distraction, Khawaja's innings was short-lived as he fell to a brilliant stumping by Tom Blundell after scoring 28 runs. glen phillips,
(With inputs from IANS)



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