The Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) Friday requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to let Indian wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni support the ‘Balidaan’ insignia on his gloves for the remaining ICC World Cup 2019 matches after the governing body asked them to be removed.
“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,” Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai was quoted as saying by PTI.
“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.
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Dhoni, who was seen sporting the Indian Army insignia on his glove in the opening match at the World Cup in the United Kingdom against South Africa, is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and the commando dagger pointed down, with wings extending upwards is part of their emblem.
When asked how India would respond in case the ICC insists on the removal of the sign and sanctions Dhoni for defiance, Rai said, “I think there has been a request to get it removed and not an instruction. As far as we are concerned, the BCCI CEO (Rahul Johri) will be reaching there before the Australia game and will be speaking to the senior ICC officials. But in any case if they feel, we’ll take permission like we took in case of camouflage caps, because we believe in confirming to norms of the game. If the ICC has a set of norms, we’ll go with the norms.”
Rai’s fellow CoA member, Diana Edulji also backed Dhoni. “This is not an issue at all. We have not spoken to the team but we will back him (Dhoni) to the hilt, any Indian player for that matter,” she said.
“Dhoni is not a controversial person, let us be very clear on that. I don’t see any issue. They did in the past also (on giving permission for wearing caps). Hopefully, things should be sorted out before the game,” she added.
Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications said that she was unaware of what action they will take on BCCI’s request. “As of now, I do not know. It would need to be considered by the ICC.”
Furlong had earlier stated that wicketkeeping gloves can only have two manufacturer’s logos, and the presence of a third on Dhoni’s gloves was a breach of conduct. Moreover, symbols denoting ‘political or religious identity’ aren’t permitted as per the ICC rulebook.