#DhoniKeepTheGlove: Former skipper need not remove 'Balidaan' insignia, says BCCI

#DhoniKeepTheGlove: Former skipper need not remove 'Balidaan' insignia, says BCCI

#DhoniKeepTheGlove: Former skipper need not remove 'Balidaan' insignia, says BCCI
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Updated: 18 Jun 2019 05:06 PM
London: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has come out in full support of Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying he will continue wearing the dagger insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves as it is not a military symbol. Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai asserted Friday that the BCCI has sought the ICC's permission for it.

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

"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. There was nothing commercial or religious in this regard as we all know," Rai told PTI over phone.

"And it is not the paramilitary regimental dagger that is embossed in his gloves. So Dhoni is not in breach of ICC regulations," he added.

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Dhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and dagger is part of their emblem. The CoA chief's defence is based on the fact that the para-regimental dagger logo has word 'Balidan' (sacrifice) inscribed on it, which is not the case with the logo sported by Dhoni.

When asked how India would respond in case the ICC insists on the removal of the sign and sanctions Dhoni for defiance, 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."