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PCB waives off Azam Khan’s fine for supporting Palestine

PCB waives off Azam Khan's fine for supporting Palestine

  • PCB surprises by waiving off 50% match fee fine for Azam Khan’s Palestine flag display during national T20 cup.
  • Azam violated PCB Code of Conduct but received support for showing solidarity with Palestine.
  • Uncertainty looms as reasons behind fine waiver remain undisclosed, leaving fans and experts puzzled.

In a surprising turn of events, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken the unprecedented step of completely waiving off the 50% match fee fine initially imposed on Azam Khan, the middle-order batter for Karachi Whites. This fine was initially levied due to Azam’s bold act of displaying the Palestine flag on his bat during a recent national T20 cup match against Lahore Blues at the National Bank Stadium in Karachi.

Azam Khan’s refusal to remove the flag, despite violating Article 2.4 of the PCB Code of Conduct, stirred controversy as he repeatedly failed to comply with the instructions or directives of the umpire during the match. The PCB, in a surprising move, has chosen not to divulge the reasons behind the complete waiver of the fine. This decision has left both fans and experts puzzled, as the PCB released a statement simply stating,

“Azam Khan’s 50 per cent fine imposed by match officials has been reviewed and waived off by the Pakistan Cricket Board.”

The national T20 cup, being a domestic tournament rather than an international one, adds a layer of complexity to the situation. Furthermore, the backdrop of the incident involves Azam’s symbolic display of support for Palestine, a move deemed acceptable by many due to the Muslim majority in the region. This sentiment resonated with both experts and fans who saw it as an act of solidarity with Palestine in the face of the ongoing Israeli terror.

It remains unclear whether Azam Khan has now acquiesced to removing the flag from his bat in upcoming games. The PCB’s decision to waive off the entire fine raises questions about the governing body’s stance on such displays of activism within the realm of cricket.

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