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ICC tells BCCI, Can’t allow Army insignia on Dhoni’s gloves



ICC tells BCCI, Can't allow Army insignia on Dhoni's gloves


International Cricket Council has told the Board of Control for Cricket in India that the regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message and that the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicket-keeping gloves.

MS Dhoni, who is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, Had the Army insignia printed on his green wicket-keeping gloves during the India-South Africa Match.

During the CoA meeting in Mumbai on Friday, One of the members had said that an approval had been sought so that Dhoni can continue wearing the gloves with the logo.

CoA member had told to IANS, Yes, we are aware of the issue with Dhoni’s badge. But this is not a political or religious sentiment and we have requested the ICC to grant permission to Dhoni to sport the bade on this gloves.

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An ICC official had said that the council would consider the request if the BCCI convinced them that the logo did not have any political or religious message.

Army Insignia was spotted on Dhoni’s gloves as television replays showed him stumping Andile Phehlukwayoo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Y Chahal.

As per the ICC regulations, Players can on sport anything that is related to the political, religious or racial activities or causes.

ICC general manager said in a statement that for first breach, just a request to remove is sent which followed by penalty. As per the rules, where any match official becomes aware of any clothing or equipment that does not comply with the rules. He shall be authorized to prevent the offending person from taking the field of play until the non-compliment clothing or equipment is removed or appropriately covered up.

ICC asked BCCI to get the insignia of one of the Indian Army units removed from the wicket keeping of Dhoni. We have requested the BCCI to get it removed, Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager Strategic Communications said.