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ICC rejects BCCI's contention over Army insignia on Dhoni's gloves

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ICC rejects BCCI's contention over Army insignia on Dhoni's gloves
08 June, 2019
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday rejected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI's) request to allow MS Dhoni to wear the 'Balidaan Badge' or regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves during the World Cup 2019. 

“The ICC has responded to the BCCI to confirm the logo displayed by MS Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019,” an ICC statement said.

“The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment. In addition to this, the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeper gloves” the media release further added.

During India’s opening World Cup game against South Africa in Southampton, Dhoni’s green keeping gloves had a dagger logo embossed, which looked more like an Army insignia. It was well appreciated by his fans but the International Cricket Council requested BCCI to have the badge removed from the veteran's gloves. The rule-book allows for only one sponsor’s logo on the wicket-keeping gloves. In Dhoni’s case, he already sports an SG logo on his gloves.

With the ICC asking him to remove the sign from Dhoni's gloves, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) sent a request to the global governing body to allow MS Dhoni to sport the logo on his gloves. But the request has been rejected.

Dhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and dagger is part of their emblem.

Committee of Administrator (CoA) chief Vinod Rai had argued that wearing the dagger insignia does not breach any rule.

“As per ICC regulations, players can’t sport any commercial, religious or military logo. There was nothing commercial or religious in this regard as we all know. And it is not the paramilitary regimental dagger that is embossed in his gloves. So Dhoni is not in breach of ICC regulations,” Rai said.

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