Indian middle order batsman and prominent wicketkeeper MS Dhoni professed his love for the Indian Army as he sported the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves during the India vs South Africa match at The Oval on Wednesday. However, the ICC has not been quite impressed with Dhoni’s decision and requested him to remove the insignia from his gloves.
“Two manufacturers’ logos are permitted on each wicket-keeping glove. No other visible logos other than the manufacturers’ logos are allowed,” Claire Furlong, the ICC General Manager — Strategic Communications, told The Indian Express.
The ICC has communicated its decision to the Indian team management and said that Dhoni will face no penalty. “We have asked for it to be removed. (It’s a) breach of regulations. No penalty,” Furlong said.
Images of the “Balidaan Badge” on Dhoni’s wicket keeping gloves went viral on social media with quite a few Indian fans praising the World Cup-winner for his love towards the the Indian Para Special Forces.
Dhoni, an honorary Lieutenant Colonel with the Indian Territorial Army, has been sporting the Balidaan Badge on his gloves and caps for quite some time now.
This statement from ICC caused the trending of the hashtag #DhoniKeepTheGlove hashtag in twitter. Tweets under the hashtags are supporting Dhoni’s act and encourages him to wear it in further games.
Check out some of the reactions here :
Shame on #ICC……One small symbol of national pride too much for ICC? They asked dhoni to remove the gloves with army badge . Raise your support for MS Dhoni to bear the ‘Balidaan Badge’ on his gloves by using the hashtag #DhoniKeepTheGlove pic.twitter.com/6DJ4qRW2IE
— Hareesh Dynamo (@dynamo_hareesh) June 7, 2019
— Rahul ugale (@Rahulugale10) June 7, 2019
I want all Indian players have Abhinandan style beard on India vs Pak matchday.#DhoniKeepTheGlove
— Sujit 🇮🇳 (@onefortySujit) June 7, 2019
— pawansahay (@pawansahay) June 7, 2019
— Shrivatsa Garodia 🇮🇳 (@imshrivatsa2000) June 7, 2019
— Amol Shendge (@amol_9687) June 7, 2019
— Gopal Prasad (@gprasadadv) June 7, 2019
How cool it is when MSD effects the stumpings with those Gloves 🔥!!
— MSD Zealot! (@Vidyadhar_R) June 7, 2019
— Ritwik Mishra (@imritwikmishra) June 7, 2019
Hey @ICC, the symbol on the glove is neither religious nor racial. First reveal who the complainant is..
— Shubhankar Kulkarni ಶುಭಂಕರ ಕುಲಕರ್ಣಿ (@shubkulkarni) June 7, 2019