Although Mahendra Singh Dhoni received appreciation from across the world for sporting an Indian Army insignia on his gloves during the India-South Africa World Cup match, the International Cricket Council (ICC) seems to have other ideas. The governing body, on Thursday, requested the BCCI to have the badge removed, citing that it was against its regulations.
The revelation was made by the ICC General Manager – Strategic Communications Claire Furlong, who informed PTI that the apex body had handed a formal request to the Indian cricket board to have the insignia removed. India’s will be playing their next game against Australia on Sunday.
“It is against the regulations and we have requested it is removed,” Furlong told PTI.
When asked whether Dhoni, who happens to be a Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of Territorial Army, could be penalised for breaching an ICC regulation, she added: “For first breach no, just a request to remove“.
The regimental dagger insignia of the para forces in question was embossed on his green wicket-keeping gloves.
While it is very much possible that Dhoni may worn these gloves earlier, but it only became a talking point when cameras captured the closeups of MSD during the match. Soon after it was spotted, social media was buzzing with the fans loving the veteran cricketer’s unique way of paying tribute to the armed forces.
Here is how Twitter reacted on ICC’s controversial decision:
ICC on low ICC on Dhoni's
Level umpiring Balidan batch pic.twitter.com/OtXkLbI7kw
— Akashbabbar (@Akashbabbar321) June 6, 2019
— Ram Yadav (@RamYadav2143) June 7, 2019
— DHONIsm™ ❤️ (@DHONIism) June 7, 2019
— ??Omkar?? MSDian ❣️ forever? (@omi_anpat619) June 7, 2019
ICC: Dhoni should remove Insignia from his gloves.
— MunNaa?️♀️ (@Munnaa09) June 6, 2019
— Asutosh (@asutosh007) June 7, 2019
The 3 lions on England team signify the Royal Arms an armed unit and Dhoni’s insignia signifies sacrifice of his armed forces.
— Fayak Wani (@Fayak_Wani1) June 7, 2019
— Sash (@Sash76273512) June 6, 2019
#DhoniKeepTheGlove | If it's a question of documentation, let's write to them. But this 'Balidaan Badge' is neither ethnic, political or religious. If MS Dhoni is wearing the badge, I'm happy. I salute him: Major Gaurav Arya (Retd.) pic.twitter.com/4pSwevO0Tl
— Republic (@republic) June 6, 2019
— 〠 (@Imcckr) June 6, 2019
Dear all at @ICC ,when you are done with which symbol a legendary cricketer (read MS Dhoni) wears on his glove, pls do take time to check out the standard of umpiring.
The World Cup?Really now!
BTW The 'Balidaan Badge' doesn't disrespect anyone.#DhoniKeepTheGlove#AUSvWI #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/IDTK6ELrC5
— Rahul Dev Official (@RahulDevRising) June 6, 2019
The badge on the maroon beret speaks volume about who you are & what you are capable of! The Balidaan Badge is earned by just 4-5 volunteers out of selected 100. The Balidaan Badge is only for SF badged members. pic.twitter.com/Tt5iVDg3ho
— LambodarPrasadDash (@LambodarPrDash) June 6, 2019
Dear MS Dhoni,
This badge stands for honour and sacrifices which were made for this great nation. Earning this badge is not cup of tea, this cannot be bought, this is something which you earned from your contribution for this nation Keep its honour intact. #DhoniKeepTheGlove pic.twitter.com/TsH8MVlAGC
— Rushank (@rushank_97) June 6, 2019
— Satyaprakash Chhetry (@IamTruthLight) June 6, 2019
How's the Josh?
How's the glove?
Are we letting them ban it?
Never sir #DhoniKeepTheGlove
— Mithun Nair (@MithunNair8) June 6, 2019
#DhoniKeepTheGlove | This game is not more important that the sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives for this nation: Maj Gen GD Bakshi (Retd.)
— Republic (@republic) June 6, 2019