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LONDON/MUMBAI: The dagger insignia on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicket-keeping gloves put India's cricket directors on collision course with the ICC after the BCCI declined the world body's "request" to have it removed, instead in search of permission for the superstar player to game it.

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Dhoni will proceed wearing the insignia on his gloves as it isn't a military image, asserted Committee of Administrators (CoA) leader Vinod Rai.

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However, the world body is not likely to just accept that stand because the rule-book permits for just one sponsor's emblem on the wicket-keeping gloves. In Dhoni's case, he already sports an SG emblem on his gloves. Allowing the insignia would amount to "equipment sponsorship violation".

During India's opening World Cup recreation towards South Africa in Southampton, Dhoni's green holding gloves had a dagger emblem embossed, which seemed extra like an Army insignia.

"The BCCI had already sent a formal request to the ICC for clearance. As per ICC regulations, players can't sport any commercial, religious or military logo. There was nothing commercial or religious in this regard as we all know," Rai mentioned.

"And it is not the paramilitary regimental dagger that is embossed in his gloves. So Dhoni is not in breach of ICC regulations," he added.

His remark came after the ICC "requested the BCCI" to ask Dhoni to remove the sign from the gloves, mentioning regulations which forbid show of messages "which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes."

It is learnt that following the BCCI's request, the ICC's Cricket Operations staff will talk about the topic with the World Cup's Event Technical committee, both headed by means of Geoff Allardyce.

The BCCI can be required to end up that the dagger insignia is not army symbolism and if the development technical committee is convinced, Dhoni could be allowed to proceed wearing it.

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

"...in any case if they (the ICC) feel we will take permission as we took in the past like if you remember, those camouflage caps. We believe in conforming to norms of the game. And If ICC has a set of rules we will go by them," Rai mentioned relating to the army caps that the staff sported in a match towards Australia to pay homage to the CRPF team of workers who misplaced their lives in the Pulwama terror assault previous this year.

"The CoA has not spoken to Dhoni," he added.

Rai's fellow CoA member, Diana Edulji additionally subsidized Dhoni.

"This is not an issue at all. We have not spoken to the team but we will back him (Dhoni) to the hilt, any Indian player for that matter," she mentioned.

"Dhoni is not a controversial person, let us be very clear on that. I don't see any issue. They did in the past also (on giving permission for wearing caps). Hopefully things should be sorted out before the game," she added.

The CoA's defence is based on the truth that the para-regimental dagger emblem has phrase 'Balidan' (sacrifice) inscribed on it, which isn't the case with the emblem sported by means of Dhoni.

The argument, however, would possibly not reduce much ice with the ICC if it strictly is going by means of regulations. The CoA's intervention came after social media complaint of the ICC's objections.

When requested how India would reply in case the ICC insists on the elimination of the sign and sanctions Dhoni for defiance, Rai mentioned, "I feel there was a request to get it removed and not an instruction.

"As a long way as we're involved, the BCCI CEO (Rahul Johri) can be achieving there earlier than the Australia recreation and can be talking to the senior ICC officials."


In New Delhi, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju steered the BCCI to resolve the topic and presented enhance to Dhoni.


"... the problem is connected with the feelings of the rustic, the hobby of the nation must be kept in thoughts. I beg the BCCI to take an even step in the Mahendra Singh Dhoni? case," Rijiju wrote on his Twitter maintain.



Various sportspersons such as Suresh Raina and adorned wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt additionally subsidized the former captain.

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