September 22, 2019 | 3:34 AM IST
Army ‘Balidaan’ badge

ICC rejects BCCI’s request to allow MS Dhoni to wear the insignia

Citing International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regulations, the ICC officials rejected Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) request to allow Mahendra Singh Dhoni to sport the Indian Army ‘Balidaan’ badge on his wicket-keeping gloves. 

The ICC stated that according to its norms, players cannot wear anything that is in any way related to political, religious or racial activities or causes. In fact, it recognises logos as any form of identification or branding including (without limitation) any corporate name, business name, title flag, emblem, crest, mascot or trade mark and so.

ICC General Manager-strategic communications Claire Furlong in an official statement said that for the ‘first breach’, just a request to remove is sent followed by penalty, informed a report. 
The BCCI had argued that Dhoni did not breach any ICC regulations as the logo on his gloves is not the paramilitary regimental dagger. 

It may be noted that Dhoni had been wearing the insignia gloves depicting a dagger with wings but with sans the word ‘Balidan’ on it. The insignia on the gloves is similar to the Para (Special Forces).  Dhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and he wore the insignia printed on his green gloves during the India-South Africa World cup group stage match.

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