Fawad Chaudhry, who is Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology, has come down hard on MS Dhoni after the latter sported an Army Crest on his wicketkeeping gloves. The gloves had a picture of the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces.
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The former India skipper, who is known for his love for Indian army, had donned the uniform of a commando in 2011 when he was conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment. He had done his training under the Para Brigade in 2015. During the course of his training, he had done five parachute jumps.
The ‘Balidaan’ badge or patch can be worn by personnel who served in the Para Special Forces, and Dhoni is also allowed to wear it since he had undergone a two-week initial training with the para regiment. Unsurprisingly, fans across the country lauded Dhoni for his tribute. However, Dhoni’s decision has not gone down well with Fawad Chaudhry.
Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter to slam Dhoni as well as the Indian media, writing:
“Dhoni is in England to play cricket not to for MahaBharta , what an idiotic debate in Indian Media,a section of Indian media is so obsessed with War they should be sent to Syria, Afghanistan Or Rawanda as mercenaries…. #Idiots”
Dhoni is in England to play cricket not to for MahaBharta , what an idiotic debate in Indian Media,a section of Indian media is so obsessed with War they should be sent to Syria, Afghanistan Or Rawanda as mercenaries…. #Idiots https://t.co/WIcPdK5V8g
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) June 6, 2019
The International Cricket Council (ICC), meanwhile, has also requested the BCCI to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves. The governing body of the game does not allow the players to sport anything that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.
ICC’s Clothing and Equipment Rules and Regulations under G 1 which states:
“Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment (“Personal Messages”) unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s Board and the ICC Cricket Operations Department. Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes.”
Well, it will be interesting to see BCCI’s approach in the case as Dhoni has all the rights to wear the logo and it is not at all political.