Gayle’s request to use ‘Universe Boss’ logo rejected by ICC
Recently, there has been a lot of debate in the cricket world regarding the International Cricket Council (ICC) rejecting Indian wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s request for wearing keeping gloves which had a dagger insignia.
However, the highest authority of cricket has not only rejected MS Dhoni’s request but also rejected Windies opener Chris Gayle’s request to use ‘Universe Boss’ logo on his bat. “ICC couldn’t have made an exception for Dhoni as no personal messages are allowed on equipment. Gayle wanted it but when he was refused permission, he accepted it and moved on,” a source privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Earlier, a couple of years ago, England all-rounder Moeen Ali played wearing a ‘Free Palestine’ wristband but later on the ICC imposed a ban on that. “Tomorrow, Moeen Ali will again request for wearing a ‘Free Palestine’ wristband which is a direct political message. We did not allow it then and we won’t allow it now. You won’t be even allowed to have a word like ‘love’ embossed on the equipment,” the source added.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) allowed Indian Cricket Team to wear camouflage caps recently during an international match against Australia. However, the source says, it was allowed because the ICC allows teams to do charity during bilateral series.
“A formal request was made by the BCCI as they wanted to use the match as a fund-raiser for the victims of the Pulwama terror attack. In bilateral series, ICC allows teams to do charity. Just like the ‘Pink Test’ in Australia for the Jane McGrath foundation that works on breast cancer awareness,” the source further added.