After donning his military gloves in the recent match against South Africa, Indian wicketkeeper M.S Dhoni came under quite a lot of limelight. On one end it was from Indian nationals who backed the move, whereas on the other it was ICC who took notice of the gloves, carrying a symbol ‘Balidan Badge’ of the Indian army.
As per the code of conduct for ICC’s World Cup kit, players are prohibited to wear any article carrying racial, political or other slogans that hamper the spirit of the game. While ICC took notice of Dhoni’s move and called it ‘a breach of dress code’, BCCI tried to attain a permission for the wicketkeeper to carry the gloves.
The ICC however declined the request.
“The logo displayed by MS Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves,” said the statement issued by ICC in response to BCCI’s request.
“The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment. In addition to this, the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeper gloves,” added the ICC.
Dhoni, who holds the status of honors lieutenant in the Indian army, had previously distributed camouflage caps of army amongst the team members as they played against Australia soon after the Pulwama incident. Albeit that the move was criticized by Pakistan, ICC pacified the situation by announcing that it had given prior permission.
This time around, ICC itself has intervened and prohibited the former captain from donning the army insignia. It is now presumed that in the spirit of trending #DhoniKeepTheGlove by Indian fans, the wicketkeeper will use the same gloves but will hide the Balidaan Badge’s symbol to abide by ICC’s ruling.