BCCI backs Dhoni after ICC request to remove insignia from gloves

At the need of the hour, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has come to MS Dhoni’s defence after the International Cricket Council was not kind to MS Dhoni’s gesture of army crest on his wicketkeeping gloves during India’s World Cup 2019 opening fixture against South Africa on June 5.

BCCI backs Dhoni after ICC request to remove insignia from gloves
MS Dhoni was spotted with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his gloves.

Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai had confirmed that BCCI has written a letter to the ICC seeking permission for Dhoni to proudly wear the gloves with the army badge.

“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),” Vinod Rai said.

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Chairman of IPL, Rajeev Shukla said the ICC should not have any sort of objection to allow MS Dhoni wear the gloves as there is no such commercial aspect involved in the gesture.

“It’s not a commercial or a religious thing. It’s only about the country’s pride. So I don’t think the ICC should have any objection because it has got nothing to do with commercial endorsements,” Rajeev Shukla said.

‘It would need to be considered by the ICC’

Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, had earlier said that the BCCI has been asked to get the symbol taken out from Dhoni’s gloves.

“We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” Claire Furlong had said.

Needless to say, Clarie Furlong had confirmed the BCCI’s request and said the final decision will only be made by the apex body of world cricket.

“As of now, I do not know. It would need to be considered by the ICC,” Claire was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.

Indian fans were absolutely livid after the ICC asked MS Dhoni to remove his gloves. #DhoniKeepTheGlove was trending on social media on Friday as scores of fans came out to support Dhoni over his brilliant gesture.

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