Mumbai: The former skipper of Indian cricket team MS Dhoni is in the midst of controversy after donning wicket-keeping gloves that looked like an army insignia.
Dhoni had worn the gloves during India’s first World Cup 2019 league match with South Africa on June 5.
The International Cricket Council asked Dhoni to remove the gloves even as people appreciated the gesture of Dhoni wearing the dagger insignia that resembles that of the army.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has come to the former captain’s defence. It said he would not be asked to remove the insignia.
BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai told news agencies that Dhoni would continue wearing the dagger insignia on his gloves as it was not a military symbol. Rai, however, said the BCCI has sought the ICC’s permission in this connection.
Rai said the BCCI had already sent a formal request to the ICC for clearance. The ICC regulations have it that players won’t be allowed to wear any commercial, religious or military logo.
Worthwhile to mention that Dhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and dagger is part of their emblem.
Interestingly, the CoA’s intervention in this matter comes at a time when there was social media criticism of the ICC’s objections.