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Remove Indian Army insignia from Dhoni’s gloves, ICC asks BCCI

Former Indian captain MS Dhoni took the social media platform by a storm after when he was spotted sporting wicket-keeping gloves that showed the insignia of one of the Indian Army units during India’s World Cup 2019 opening encounter against South Africa at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton on Wednesday.

Remove Indian Army insignia from Dhoni's gloves, ICC asks BCCI
MS Dhoni was spotted with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his gloves.

After the incident became the talk of the town, the International Cricket Council entered the frame and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get the symbol eliminated from Dhoni’s gloves.

Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications while speaking to IANS, said that India’s governing body BCCI has been asked to get the symbol deleted from Dhoni’s gloves. “We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” she said.

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The insignia, which was easily visible when MS Dhoni stumped Andile Phehlukwayo, represents regimental dagger of the Indian Para Special Forces.

The images of MS Dhoni’s gloves went widespread on social media within a matter of seconds and fans poured in unconditional love and respect for MS Dhoni.

But the ICC thinks otherwise and was not really kind to MS Dhoni’s gesture. The ICC regulations say, “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.”

In 2011, Dhoni was handed an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel and has undergone training for a short period with the para regiment.

During the course of his training in Agra, Dhoni is known to have done as many as five parachute jumps during the training period.

MS Dhoni’s love for the army has never been in doubt. He has often expressed his interest in joining the forces.

Previously this year, Dhoni and the Indian team wore camouflage caps during an ODI match against Australia at Ranchi as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.

(With IANS inputs)

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