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#DhoniKeepTheGlove: Twitter welcomes Indian cricket board's stand on Dhoni glove row

ICC objected to Indian wicketkeeper batsmen MS Dhoni's Army insignia on his glove during the World Cup match against South Africa. Photograph:( IANS )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jun 07, 2019, 12.46 PM (IST)

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.

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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.

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Rahul Johri, the BCCI CEO will be reaching England before the Australia game and will be speaking to the senior ICC officials.

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'#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