India started their world cup campaign on a high note after they pipped an under lying South Africa in Southampton on June 5. However, despite the reason of triumph, the discussion is revolving around the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces which MS Dhoni was donning on his wicket-keeping gloves, during the course of India’s fielding period.
‘Balidaan Badge’ was spotted on MS Dhoni’s gloves when he stumped a dangerous looking Andile Phehlukwayo off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal. Dhoni’s gloves became a matter of pride for the Indian fans but it didn’t go well with International Cricket Council(ICC)
The governing body instructed BCCI to remove the gloves of 2011 winning captain. The ICC norms say that the display of messages that relate to political, religious, racial activities or any other cause is not allowed during an international match.
The BCCI was in tremendous pressure to rise and fight for the pride of the nation and CoA chief Vinod Rai wrote a letter to ICC to allow the 37-year-old to don the wicket-keepers glove with army logo.
ICC refuses BCCI’s request
The cricket’s governing body has kept a clear stand on the controversy and said that Dhoni’s wicket-keeping gloves in India’s first World Cup match against South Africa is an infringement of the laws of the game.
“The ICC has responded to the BCCI to confirm the logo displayed by MS Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019,” ICC said in a stetement.
The Padma Bhushan awardee cricketer may have to face a legal action as ICC has mentioned that he has violated the rules. The punishment can range from deduction of match fees to ban. However, these are just the speculations and the time will only tell, what’s next in the pity.