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Can't allow Army insignia on Dhoni's gloves, ICC tells BCCI

LONDON/MUMBAI: Taking a company stand, the ICC on Friday denied Mahendra Singh Dhoni permission to wear the dagger insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves all through the World Cup in spite of BCCI's statement that it was once no longer a military image.

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The Indian cricket board (BCCI) had sought permission for the star batsman from the world governing body, which sooner or later cited laws in denying the permission.

"The ICC has responded to the BCCI to confirm the logo displayed by MS Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019," an ICC observation stated.

"The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment. In addition to this, the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeper gloves."

During India's opening World Cup game towards South Africa in Southampton, Dhoni's green retaining gloves had a dagger logo embossed, which looked more like an Army insignia.

The rule-book allows for just one sponsor's logo at the wicket-keeping gloves. In Dhoni's case, he already sports an SG logo on his gloves.

Dhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and dagger is part of their logo.

Committee of Administrator (CoA) leader Vinod Rai had argued that dressed in the dagger insignia does no longer breach any rule.

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

Rai's remark got here after the ICC "requested the BCCI" to ask Dhoni to remove the signal from the gloves, bringing up laws which forbid display of messages "which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes."

The CoA's defence was once according to the truth that the para-regimental dagger logo has phrase 'Balidan' (sacrifice) inscribed on it, which is not the case with the emblem sported by way of Dhoni.

Dhoni also got fortify from Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, who had suggested the BCCI to get to the bottom of the topic.

"... the issue is connected with the sentiments of the country, the interest of the nation has to be kept in mind. I urge the BCCI to? take a fair step in the Mahendra Singh Dhoni? case," Rijiju wrote on his Twitter take care of.

Various sportspersons equivalent to Suresh Raina and embellished wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt also sponsored the former captain.

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