The controversy surrounding Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni donning an Indian army insignia on his gloves during India’s opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, doesn’t seem to be dying down. In the latest news, BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai today (June 7) told reporters that the Board will conform to the ICC norms regarding on-field attire.
Rai also stated that the BCCI has written a letter to the world body stating that Dhoni’s ‘Balidan’ badge doesn’t break any of ICC’s rules but reiterated his faith in the latter saying that if required, BCCI will seek permission as they did earlier this year when Team India sported military caps in an ODI against Australia.
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“We are convinced that the ICC rules say that any insignia worn by the players should not have any religious, military or commercial significance and it should conform to the ICC rules. In this particular case, that insignia has none of those connotations. So we’re going to tell the ICC that it need not be removed but in any case, if they feel we’ll take permission from ICC like we had done when the team wore camouflage caps in Ranchi because we believe in conforming to norms of the game,” said Vinod Rai.
Rai clarified that the letter was sent in the morning of June 6 and he is waiting for ICC’s response before taking further action.
“We have already sent the request for ICC permission today morning saying that if you people feel that permission is required, we’ll seek it,” said Rai.
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Meanwhile, former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar and former Indian Footballer Bhaichung Bhutia have both called out Dhoni for his ignorance towards the rules of the game.
Speaking about the controversy, “Rules are there for a reason and they are meant to be followed. Other countries players’ might do something as well. If you want to object, do that before the rules are passed. Once the rules are passed, you can do nothing about it.”
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“A player should go by the rules and regulations. If it’s against that, then Dhoni will have to remove it,” affirmed Bhutia. Further, he also urged Dhoni to “respect the sport first keeping aside everything else.”
The issue has become a talking point quickly with fans asking Dhoni to keep wearing the ‘Balidan Badge’ on his glove.