Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

BCCI asks ICC to let MS Dhoni wear Army ‘Sacrifice’ badge

BCCI asks ICC to let MS Dhoni wear Army ‘Sacrifice’ badge

In a handsome tribute to India's paramilitary forces, MS Dhoni sported the regimental dagger also known as the Army Insignia or "Balidaan" badge on his gloves, during India's World Cup opener against South Africa on Wednesday.

As the controversy over MS Dhoni wearing wicket-keeping gloves bearing an insignia of the Indian Army escalates, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has backed the former Indian captain.

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".

Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications said that she was unaware of what action they will take on BCCI's request. India's next game is against Australia on Sunday.

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Rai told PTI, "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.

The "Balidaan Badge" is symbol comprising 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 is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and dagger is part of their emblem. "So Dhoni is not in breach of ICC regulations", he added. According to ICC regulations, "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 global match".

While the BCCI are now trying to take all legal steps to let Dhoni keep the gloves on, former Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia has mooted for its removal.

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