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‘#DhoniKeepTheGlove’ - Sports Fraternity Supports Former Indian Cricket Team Captain In Glove Controversy

While the International Cricket Council (ICC) insists that MS Dhoni should not wear the gloves with the Army insignia, Kiren Rijiju, Suresh Raina and several other sportspersons have supported the #DhoniKeepTheGlove movement on social media.

‘#DhoniKeepTheGlove’ - Sports Fraternity Supports Former Indian Cricket Team Captain In Glove Controversy
MS Dhoni, who is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of Territorial Army, wore gloves with 'Balidan Badge' during India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa at Rose Bowl, Southampton on Wednesday. | Twitter
‘#DhoniKeepTheGlove’ - Sports Fraternity Supports Former Indian Cricket Team Captain In Glove Controversy
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2019-06-07T18:19:36+05:30

The sports fraternity on Friday came out in support of MS Dhoni for wearing the dagger insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves during India's 2019 Cricket World Cup game against South Africa, with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju urging the BCCI to resolve the issue.

During the match in Southampton on Wednesday, Dhoni's green keeping gloves had a dagger logo embossed, which looked more like an Army insignia.

ALSO READ: Angry Indian Fans Take On ICC, Urge MS Dhoni Not To Remove Army Insignia From His Wicket

While his gesture was appreciated by fans, the ICC requested the BCCI to ask Dhoni to remove the sign from the gloves, citing rules that forbid display of messages "which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes".

However, the BCCI sent a formal request to the ICC for clearance with Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai insisting that there was nothing commercial or religious about the logo.

Former India football captain Baichung Bhutia, however, believes Dhoni should remove the logo and follow the rules.

"A player should go by the rules and regulations. If it's against that, then Dhoni will have to remove it," Bhutia told a TV channel.

It is learnt that the ICC's Cricket Operations team will now discuss the matter with the World Cup's Event Technical committee and the BCCI will have to prove that the dagger insignia is not military symbolism and only then Dhoni would be allowed to continue sporting it.

Dhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and dagger is part of their emblem.

(PTI)

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