'Nothing Worthwhile Is Easy': Usman Khawaja Thanks Fans For Supporting Him Amid Shoe Row During Perth Test

'Nothing Worthwhile Is Easy': Usman Khawaja Thanks Fans For Supporting Him Amid Shoe Row During Perth Test

Khawaja courted a controversy when he was spotted wearing Pro-Palestine shoes during the training session ahead of the Test series opener against visiting Pakistan team.

Hrishikesh DamodarUpdated: Monday, December 18, 2023, 11:23 PM IST
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Usman Khawaja thanked fans for raising his voice | Credits: Twitter/Usman Khawaja

Australian opener Usman Khawaja expressed gratitude to his fans for supporting him amid his 'All Lives Are Equal' shoe row amid during the first Test between Australia and Pakistan at the Optus Stadium in Perth.

Khawaja courted a controversy when he was spotted wearing Pro-Palestine shoes during the training session ahead of the Test series opener against visiting Pakistan team.

Though he was debarred from wearing shoes with humanitarian messages by International Cricket Council (ICC) as it violates code of conduct enshrined by cricket's governing body, Australian opener walked out to bat with black armband to show his solidarity towards people of Palestine.

Taking to his X handle (formerly Twitter), Usman Khawaja tweeted that the reactions from people didn't go unnoticed. He also pointed that everyone should not repeat their past mistakes and build together a bright future amid the ongoing war between Israel and Palestine.

"Thank you to all those who supported and gave me love this week. It wasn't unnoticed . Nothing worthwhile is easy. History shows we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of our past. But together we can fight for a better future. #freedomisahumanright #alllivesareequal

Ahead of the Perth Test, Khawaja questioned ICC rules that banned him from wearing a pair of shoes that wear humanitarian messages and accused the world governing body of cricket for taking any action against similar incidents in the past.

Khawaja scored 90 in 2nd innings of 1st Test

Usman Khawaja seemed to be not distracted by controversy around his shoe as he kept his focus on the game as he scored 90 off 190 balls in the second innings after his 41 in the following innings of the Perth Test.

Australia declared the second innings at 233/5 on Day 4 and set a hefty target of 396 to Pakistan. However, the hosts bundled out visitors for mere 89 in 30.2 overs, with Josh Hazlewood (3/13) and Mitchell Starc (3/31) scalping six wickets together.

The second Test of the series will take place at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, Tuesday.

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