ICC objected to Indian wicketkeeper batsmen MS Dhoni's Army insignia on his glove during the World Cup match against South Africa. Photograph:( IANS )
'#DhoniKeepTheGlove' has been the top trend on Twitter since the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said it stands firmily with Dhoni against ICC’s direction to remove the Army crest
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.
Twitter exploded with tweets in support of Dhoni sporting the gloves, with politicians, Bollywood celebrities and fans tweeting.
'#DhoniKeepTheGlove' has been the top trend on Twitter since the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said it stands firmly with Dhoni against ICC’s direction to remove the Army crest.
Can wearing territorial army insignia by a Lieutenant Colonel while representing the nation in an international event amount to any violation of rules?@msdhoni #FoodForThought #DhoniKeepTheGlove #BalidaanBadge #IndianTerritorialArmy #AanBaanShaan#WeLoveIndia pic.twitter.com/g5mRga1Xsw— Vipul Aggarwal IPS (@ipsvipul_) June 7, 2019
#DhoniKeepBalidaanBadgeGlove #dhonikeeptheglove— LambodarPrasadDash (@LambodarPrDash) June 6, 2019
The badge on the maroon beret speaks volume about who you are & what you are capable of! The Balidaan Badge is earned by just 4-5 volunteers out of selected 100. The Balidaan Badge is only for SF badged members. pic.twitter.com/Tt5iVDg3ho
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— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 7, 2019
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."
Furlong had added that it was a "request" for removal and not a "breach".
Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai confirmed that BCCI has written a letter to the International Cricket Council seeking permission for Dhoni to wear the gloves with the army badge.
"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 news agency PTI.
"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.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni will continue wearing the dagger insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves as it is not a military symbol, Rai said.
ICC norms delimit not to wear Religious, Racial and Political Logo.— Ishan Raghav (@IshanRaghav1) June 6, 2019
If it is not against the ICC norms then why they are insisting him ?
Dhoni, It's a matter of National pride.
Dhoni, Keep the BALIDAAN badge.
Dhoni, India Back your Glove.#dhonikeeptheglove
#DhoniKeepTheGlove— DD (@DeviDatta8) June 6, 2019
Dhoni is playing for his country and rightly as the honary Lt.Col of his regiment he has the right to express his loyalty Futher the symbol is not representing any commercial organisation. With Dhoni pic.twitter.com/srrTMCOJ3i
Rahul Johri, the BCCI CEO will be reaching England before the Australia game and will be speaking to the senior ICC officials.