Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

MS Dhoni, Indian Batsman To Watch

MS Dhoni, Indian Batsman To Watch

India's opening game in the ongoing World Cup saw Dhoni once again profess his love for the security forces after he was spotted with the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicketkeeping gloves. Gambhir has stated the International Cricket Council should focus on cricket rather than notice who is wearing the gallows and the logo on it. MS Dhoni was seen donning the insignia gloves in the first match against South Africa at Rose Bowl, Southampton on 5th June.

While the ICC had objectified Dhoni's act, BCCI had urged ICC to allow MSD wear the gloves.

With ICC's final decision coming out on Friday, the focus now shifts to the upcoming marquee clash between India and Australia. This after the governing body turned down BCCI's request to allow the stumper to keep sporting the Army insignia at the World Cup.

In fact, Indian Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju had also supported Dhoni, saying "I am hopeful that BCCI will take up this matter with ICC and will solve this matter".

The ICC cited the regulation from its rule book that deals with the clothing, "No Logo shall be permitted to be displayed on Cricket Clothing or Cricket Equipment, other than a National Logo, a Commercial Logo, an Event Logo, a Manufacturer's Logo, a Player's Bat Logo, a Charity Logo or a Non-Commercial Logo as provided in these regulations".

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Appendix 2 of the ICC "Clothing and Equipment Regulations" deals with the disciplinary action that the world body can initiate in case of breach or offences. The BCCI continues to believe that the "Balidaan" symbol on Dhoni's 'keeping gloves do not have any religious, military, or commercial significance for ICC to raise an objection. This will increase to 50% and 75% in the third and fourth breaches respectively.

Fawad Chaudhry, a federal minister in Pakistan, said Dhoni was in England to play cricket, not for any war.

The fan captioned the photo saying: 'ICC, concentrate on more important things'.

Balidaan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. "One should conform to ICC rules", Rai had said.

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