The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that it has written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the MS Dhoni Army Insignia 'Balidan' wicket-keeping gloves that the former Indian captain wore during the India vs South Africa match in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 being held in England and Wales. Controversy erupted after Dhoni's gloves were spotted with the Balidan badge, the regimental dagger of the Indian Para Special Forces during India's opening match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. #DhoniKeepTheGlove Tops Twitter Trend in India After ICC Asks BCCI And MSD to Get Rid Off Indian Army 'Balidan' Badge From Wicket-Keeping Gloves.
The ICC requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to ask Dhoni to not use the Balidan badge again. However, many Indians did not take ICC's request lightly and launched a massive campaign in favour of Dhoni on Twitter. Within hours, # DhoniKeepTheGlove started trending and top the trends in India on Twitter. Remove Indian Army 'Balidan' Badge From MS Dhoni's Gloves: ICC to BCCI.
Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai, talking to the reporters when asked on the matter, said that the BCCI has written to ICC to seek permission for MS Dhoni to wear Balidan (Indian Army) Insignia. "We will speak more after the meeting (CoA meeting) (sic)," said Rai. MS Dhoni Dons Indian Army 'Balidan' Badge on Keeping Gloves During IND vs SA Match at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Fans Laud MSD's Gesture.
Read the ANI Tweet Below:
Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai: We have already written (to ICC to seek permission for MS Dhoni to wear 'Balidaan' insignia on his gloves), will speak more after the meeting (CoA meeting) pic.twitter.com/fMaQ2agbcV
— ANI (@ANI) June 7, 2019
While speaking to IANS, Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, said that the BCCI has been asked to get the symbol removed from Dhoni's gloves. "We have requested the BCCI to get it removed," she said.
According to the International Cricket Council, “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." However, Claire Furlong, when asked as to what if BCCI seeks permission for MS Dhoni to use 'Balidaan' insignia gloves, said that, "As of now, I do not know. It would need to be considered by the ICC." According to the sources, "If MS Dhoni and BCCI convince ICC that the "balidaan badge" does not have any political, religious, or racial message, ICC may consider the request," reported ANI.