England all-rounder Moeen Ali is under investigation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for wearing wristbands, featuring slogans 'Save Gaza' and 'Free Palestine', during the second day of the third Test match against India.
Ali could be fined 50 percent of his match fee, if he is found to have violated ICC's clothing and equipment regulations. An ICC spokesperson confirmed that cricket's governing body is looking into the matter.
The ICC's regulations state that: "Players are not permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or any other items affixed to clothing or equipment unless approved in advance by the player or team official's Board.
"Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes."
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have raised their support for Ali saying that his stance was humanitarian rather than political, although the all-rounder had not informed the ECB that he will be wearing the bands. Ali had also raised funds for the people affected in Gaza because of the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.
"As far as we are concerned, he has not committed any offence," an ECB spokesperson said. "It is now up to the ICC to decide whether he will face any action."
Moeen has received support from other British Muslims - Kabir Ali and Ajmal Shahzad - who have represented England in international cricket.
Kabir, who represented England from 2003 to 2006 and plays county cricket for Lancashire, tweeted: "@AJShahzad @MailSport good on brother mo! #prayforGaza"
— Kabir Ali (@Imkabirali) July 28, 2014
While Shahzad, tweeted: "@MailSport @Imkabirali absolutely love this! Well done Moeen bro! Keep showing your support! #Pray4Gaza"
Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood also expressed his views on the incident on Twitter: "We have always worn wristbands or ribbons when showing support 4an incident or raising awareness,we do it for animal rights too,y not humans"
We have always worn wristbands or ribbons when showing support 4an incident or raising awareness,we do it for animal rights too,y not humans
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) July 28, 2014
In the past, players have got away after making political statements and the most famous incident was the armbands worn by former Zimbabwe cricketers Andy Flower and Henry Olonga during the 2003 World Cup in protest of Robert Mugabe's government.