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Southampton Test: ICC warns Moeen Ali against repeat of 'Save Gaza' protest

Southampton: England's Moeen Ali has been warned by world cricket chiefs not to wear wristbands declaring his support for the people of Gaza again during international matches.

But the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Ali would face no disciplinary action on this occasion after being warned about his future conduct by match referee David Boon, the former Australia batsman. 

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali's wristband

Ali wore wristbands that read "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine", while batting during England's first innings at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. An ICC spokesman told AFP: "We're investigating and will report in due course."

The England and Wales Cricket Board have yet to comment on Ali's gesture. The 27-year-old Ali, a practising Muslim of Pakistani descent, was photographed earlier this week helping raise funds for Gaza relief efforts in his home city of Birmingham in central England.

Ali's wristbands were only on public display for 42 minutes while he made 12 runs off 28 balls before he was caught off India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

On Friday, Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang was warned he risked being thrown out of the Commonwealth Games if he repeated wearing gloves bearing the message "Save Gaza".

Awang could have been ejected from the 2014 Glasgow Games after wearing the gloves in competition on Thursday. Instead the 26-year-old was given a reprimand and warned not to wear them again.

The Commonwealth Games Federation seeks to avoid its competitions being used for political means. Though Awang insisted his message was "humanitarian" rather than politically-charged, he issued an apology.

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