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Request Dhoni to remove Army insignia from gloves: ICC to BCCI

NEW DELHI: India's opening recreation in the ongoing World Cup saw former skipper MS Dhoni once again profess his love for the protection forces after he was once spotted with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves. But the International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get the logo removed from Dhoni's gloves.

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Claire Furlong, ICC basic supervisor, strategic communications, mentioned that the BCCI has been asked to get the logo removed from Dhoni's gloves. "We have requested the BCCI to get it removed," she mentioned.

The 'Balidaan Badge' or the Army insignia was once spotted on Dhoni's gloves as television replays confirmed him stumping Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled through Yuzvendra Chahal.

Balidaan is a distinct insignia of the particular forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed at the blade with "Balidaan" inscribed in Devanagari. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to put on the Balidaan Badge.

Dhoni, who has been conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment in 2011, had also undergone coaching beneath the Para Brigade in 2015.

Twitter despite the fact that was once abuzz with enthusiasts appearing admire to Dhoni. One fan wrote: "Salute & respect to MS Dhoni who printed insignia of 'Balidan' on his wicket keeping gloves." Another fan wrote: "This man shows his love for the nation and army. A Regimental Dragger(BALIDAN) of Indian Army Para Special Force on MS Dhoni Gloves. #IndianArmy #Balidan."

But the ICC feels otherwise. The ICC laws says: "The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match."

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