BCCI requests ICC to let Dhoni keep the ‘Balidaan’ insignia on glove
- by Suramya-Kaushik
- Jun 07, 2019 18:40
Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai said that BCCI has sought the ICC’s permission for allowing MS Dhoni to continue the Army ‘Balidaan’ badge on his wicketkepping gloves. He said.” As per ICC regulations, players can’t support any commercial, religious or military logo. There was nothing commercial or religious in this regard as we all know.” After India v/s South Africa match, ICC requested BCCI to let MS Dhoni remove the insignia from his gloves but later the BCCI with explanation requested ICC to let MS keep the mark. Thus, ICC has now let Dhoni to keep the mark on gloves.
Dhoni, was seen sporting the Indian Army insignia on his glove in the opening match at the World Cup 2019 in the United Kingdom against South Africa. Dhoni 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. 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.”
According to the officials, the insignia on Dhoni’s gloves neither harm any sentiments nor breach any rule of ICC. Thus, they find the removal of the mark inappropriate and further have made a request to ICC to let Dhoni keep the mark. Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications said 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. On BCCI’s request for letting him to keep the mark she said, “As of now, I do not know. It would need to be considered by the ICC.”