Dhoni can’t wear “Balidaan” insignia on gloves: ICC


New Delhi: The ICC responded to the BCCI’s request and stated that the logo displayed by MS Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The regulations for International Cricket Council (ICC) events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment.

The BCCI on Friday had sent a request to the game’s world body for wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to sport the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his ’keeping gloves at the ongoing ICC World Cup in England and Wales.

The BCCI asked the ICC to make an exception for the former Indian skipper as the insignia was not ‘religious, military, or commercial’ in nature. However, the ICC has turned down BCCI’s request.

The rule-book allows for only one sponsor’s logos on the wicket-keeping gloves. In Dhoni’s case, he already sports an SG logo on his gloves.

During India’s opening World Cup game against South Africa in Southampton, Dhoni’s green wicket-keeping gloves had a dagger logo embossed, which looked more like an Army insignia.

Dhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and dagger is part of their emblem “Balidaan”.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army says that there is no need for any intervention in the matter related to MS Dhoni’s gloves row since the symbol is not the real insignia but only bears a resemblance.

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