Dubai, June 7: International Cricket Council (ICC) has requested Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get the 'Balidaan Badge' symbol removed from MS Dhoni's wicket-keeping gloves.
According to ICC, the logo on the MS Dhoni's gloves violates the ICC clothing and equipment regulations, which allow only sponsor logos on them. 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, an ESPNcricinfo report said on Thursday.
Dhoni was spotted with the regimental dagger insignia- 'Balidaan Badge' during India’s opening match against South Africa on Wednesday. Balidan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with "Balidan" inscribed in Devanagari.
This particular insignia - "Balidaan", meaning sacrifice can only be worn by paramilitary commandos. Dhoni was conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment in 2011 and also had undergone training under the Para Brigade in 2015. Earlier in March, the Indian players wore special Army caps to pay respect to those army men who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attacks during the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi. Dhoni had presented his teammates with the caps before the start of the match. The players' earnings from the match went to the families of the martyrs. At that time, the ICC cleared the jerseys as part of charity fund-raising effort. (UNI)