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Dhoni sporting Army insignia.

While International Cricket Council has asked BCCI for the removal of Army insignia symbol from MS Dhoni gloves, the Indian cricket Board, BCCI has backed its former skipper.

BCCI specifies that the dagger insignia on Dhoni’s wicket-keeping gloves is not a military symbol.

News agency PTI quoted Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai on Friday, saying that the BCCI has sought the ICC’s permission for it.

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.

“The BCCI had already sent a formal request to the ICC for clearance. 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,” Rai said.

“And it is not the paramilitary regimental dagger that is embossed in his gloves. So Dhoni is not in breach of ICC regulations,” he added.

His statement comes after the ICC “requested the BCCI” to ask Dhoni to remove the sign from the gloves, citing rules which forbid display of messages “which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes.”