Brisbane: Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has once again stepped onto the field for the children of Gaza, making the announcement to auction his shoes.
Usman Khawaja made the announcement of the shoe auction on social media, stating that he is auctioning his shoes, and this auction will continue until February 12th.
“Hey everyone. Want to announce I’m auctioning off my shoes … all proceeds will go to ‘Unicef Children of Gaza’ appeal. The kids need your help now more (than) ever and as always thank you for your support and generosity. All you guys have been amazing,” Khawaja said on Instagram on Monday.
The Australian opener mentioned that all proceeds from the auction of the shoes will go to UNICEF Children of Gaza. At this time, there is a need to help more children than ever.
Written on Usman Khawaja’s shoes, “All lives are equal” and “Freedom is a human right” which were worn by Usman Khawaja during practice before the Test match against Pakistan
Earlier, Khawaja, the Australian opener, faced opposition from the ICC for displaying messages of equality and freedom, including a dove logo and an olive branch on his shoes in support of Palestinians during the Test series against Pakistan.
Following this, the ICC barred Khawaja from featuring any symbols However, the Prime Minister of Australia recognized Khawaja’s courage during an address to both the Australian and Pakistan teams ahead of the Sydney Test.
The Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, on the occasion of a dinner he hosted for the Pakistani and Australian team, lauded Usman Khawaja for his courage, he said, “I’d like to congratulate [Khawaja] for the courage he has shown standing up for human values,” said Prime Minister Albanese. “He has shown courage, and the fact that the team has backed him in is a great thing.”
It’s worth noting that Usman Khawaja was prevented from wearing these shoes in the Test match against Pakistan last month. Previously, the Australian cricketer launched a line of T-shirts under the title of “Freedom and Equality”, featuring shoes he was banned from wearing by the International Cricket Council (ICC) during the Test Series between Australia and Pakistan. He wrote that all profits from the sale of T-shirts would be donated to UNICEF Children of Gaza.
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