The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has come to MS Dhoni’s defence and stressed that he would continue wearing the dagger insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves as it is not a military symbol.
BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai asserted that the BCCI has sought the ICC’s permission for it.
“It is not the paramilitary regimental dagger that is embossed in his gloves. So Dhoni is not in breach of ICC regulations,” said Rai.
Rai’s statement came after the ICC “requested the BCCI” to ask Dhoni to remove the sign from the gloves.
During India’s opening World Cup game against South Africa in Southampton, Dhoni was seen donning wicket-keeping gloves which looked more like an Army insignia.
The BCCI had already sent a formal request to the ICC for clearance, sources said.
As per ICC regulations, players cannot sport any commercial, religious or military logo.
ICC General Manager (Strategic Communications) Claire Furlong had said that BCCI has been requested to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves.
India’s next match is against Australia on Sunday.