#DhoniKeepTheGlove: Support pouring in from all and sundry
During India's opening World Cup game against South Africa, Dhoni's green keeping gloves had a dagger logo embossed, International Cricket Council(ICC) requested the BCCI to have the badge removed, saying it is against its regulations
ICC objects 'balidan' badge
During India's opening World Cup game against South Africa in Southampton, Dhoni's green keeping gloves had a dagger logo embossed, which looked like an Army insignia.
It was well appreciated by the Indian fans but the International Cricket Council(ICC) requested the BCCI to have the badge removed, saying it is against its regulations.
Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager - Strategic Communications had objected to Dhoni insignia, saying on Thursday, "It is against the regulations and we have requested it is removed."
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Recipient for awards!
Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007, the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, in 2018. He was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He has also been selected a record 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times as captain.
Ex-DGMO Vinod Bhatia: Issue blown out of proportion
Lt General (Retd) Vinod Bhatia, in whose presence MS Dhoni was commissioned into Parachute Regiment of Territorial Army, said, "What MS Dhoni has done by supporting 'Balidaan' on his gloves, is being blown about of proportion. There's nothing political/religious/commercial about it.
Suresh Raina announces retirement from international cricket
Suresh Raina backed MS Dhoni on his decision to sport the 'Balidan' badge on his gloves.
"While we are on the field, we devote ourselves to our country & we give all we can to make India proud. We all love our country & that's exactly @msdhoni has done, saluting the sacrifices of our heroes & honouring them. It should be taken as an act of patriotism & not nationalism," Suresh Raina tweeted.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju: Dhoni's identity is country's identity
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should stand with MS Dhoni on the gloves controversy as it has nothing to do with politics.
"I am hopeful that BCCI will take up this matter with ICC and will solve this matter. MS Dhoni's identity is the country's identity, the army's identity and it is not politics. So, BCCI should stand with Dhoni," he told reporters.
CoA head Vinod Rai: Dhoni not in breach of ICC rules
Vinod Rai, head of Committee of Administrators (CoA) said, "It is not the paramilitary regimental dagger that is embossed in his gloves. So Dhoni is not in breach of ICC regulations."
''Mahendra Singh Dhoni will continue wearing the dagger insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves as it is not a military symbol'', Rai said.
Bollywood backs Dhoni
Bollywood actors Riteish Deshmukh and Paresh Rawal took to Twitter to react on the issue.
Riteish Deshmukh wrote, ''Indian Army has always been independent irrespective of the political party in power. We are proud of them. Lt. Col. @msdhoni has worn the Army insignia as a symbol of pride. Doesn’t hurt anyone’s sentiments, In fact it honours the brave #DhoniKeepTheGlove #WorldCup2019''.
While Paresh Rawal tweeted, ''Dhoni Insignia Row.To put it simply and mildly, BCCI should tell ICC to go to hell.''
Congress' Singhvi pledges support
The Congress on Friday came out in support of the former captain saying the insignia on his gloves is neither political nor religious.
"MS Dhoni is a Lt. colonel in the Indian Army. Moreover he is a special forces designate. ICC rules states that any form of political, religious & racial statement can't be made with the playing outfit. The insignia does none of that," Congress Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted with the hashtag "#DhoniKeepTheGlove".