ICC objects to MS Dhoni Army insignia on gloves, asks BCCI to act

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International Cricket Council as per reports has raised strong objection to Indian cricekter MS Dhoni supporting a Indian insignia on his keeping gloves.

M S Dhoni was spotted with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves.

But the International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) top get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves.

Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, quoted by IANS has said that the BCCI has been asked to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves. “We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” she said.The “Balidaan Badge” or the Army insignia was spotted on Dhoni’s gloves as television replays showed him stumping Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal.

Balidaan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with “Balidaan” inscribed in Devanagari.

Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidaan Badge.Dhoni, who has been conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment in 2011, had also undergone training under the Para Brigade in 2015.

The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.