India star MS Dhoni has sparked a massive furore after sporting an Army insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves during India’s World Cup opener against South Africa. ‘Balidaan’- the regimental dagger insignia of the PARA Special Forces was embossed on his green wicket-keeping gloves.
MS Dhoni, who has been conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment in 2011, had undergone training under the Para Brigade in 2015. The legendary captain had done five jumps from the parachute. But while the entire nation praised him for his gesture, the International Cricket Council was not all impressed with it.
Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager – Strategic Communications, said that that the apex body has requested the Indian cricket board to have the sign removed.
“It is against the regulations and we have requested it is removed,” Furlong was quoted as saying by NDTV.
At the same time, she also said that MS Dhoni would not face any charge for the act, saying:
“For first breach no, just a request to remove”.
Well, reports are now suggesting that Pakistan had a big hand in making ICC take the matter so seriously. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has confirmed that he lodged a complaint with the ICC after seeing the badge on MS Dhoni’s gloves. As per reports in Pakistani media, Mani firmly believes that Dhoni shouldn’t be bringing politics into sports.
“We have strongly taken up the matter with the ICC,” Mani told Geo.tv. “There is absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position. We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly.”
Meanwhile, the BCCI are fully supporting Dhoni in the whole controversy. Vinod Rai, the CoA chief told PTI that Dhoni would continue wearing the dagger insignia on his gloves as it is not a military symbol.