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BCCI backs Dhoni over ICC request to remove insignia from gloves

NEW DELHI: As the controversy over MS Dhoni wearing wicket-keeping gloves bearing an insignia of the Indian Army escalates, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has sponsored the former Indian captain.

Vinod Rai has mentioned that the insignia is neither religious nor industrial and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stands behind Dhoni in the subject.

Rai told PTI, "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 additionally mentioned, "And it is not the paramilitary regimental dagger that is embossed in his gloves. So Dhoni is not in breach of ICC regulations."

According to reviews the COA chief's defence is based on the fact that the phrase 'balidaan', which is part of the dagger emblem of the para-regimental force is not written on Dhoni's gloves.

Dhoni is a honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Territorial Army.

Rai additionally mentioned that the BCCI will even appeal the ICC to continue using the gloves bearing Insignia of the Indian Army.

When requested what their stand would be if the ICC insists on Dhoni not wearing those particular gloves or sanctions the former India captain, Vinod Rai mentioned, "I think there has been a request to get it removed and not an instruction."

He additionally added, "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."

The issue cropped up after MS Dhoni used to be noticed sporting the dagger insignia on his gloves all the way through India’s opening match in opposition to South Africa in Southampton on June five.

After the scoop spread like wildfire on social media, the ICC, on Thursday mentioned that they're soliciting for Dhoni not to use the gloves with the insignia embossed on them.


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