England batsman Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing wristbands featuring the slogans “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine”, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday.
Moeen, who is Muslim and of Pakistani descent, helped raise funds for charities working with those affected by the three-week conflict with Israel.
He wore the wristbands on Monday's second day of the third test against India at Southampton.
Moeen, 27, risked disciplinary action under the ICC Code of Conduct, which forbids players wearing, displaying or conveying messages through arm bands or other items on clothing or equipment without prior approval.
England's Moeen Ali celebrates with teammates James Anderson (R) and Joe Root (L) after dismissing Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne during the second cricket test match at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England June 22, 2014. (Reuters)