Fans show support to MS Dhoni over ‘Balidaan Badge’

ICC World Cup 2019,World Cup 2019,MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni in action against South Africa

From social media to television studios, a big majority of Indians want BCCI to escalate this matter and, in fact, some are also suggesting that India should "boycott" the tournament.

Indian team performed exceptionally well in their first match with a successful six-wicket win over Proteas at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Southampton on June 5th. "So Dhoni is not in breach of ICC regulations", he said.

Initially, ICC asked BCCI to ask MS Dhoni remove the sign.

"Rahul has sent a letter to the ICC seeking permission for Dhoni", said a BCCI insider. Rejecting the request, the ICC explained that Dhoni had breached two regulations: one relating to display of "personal messages", and the other concerning the logo on his glove. However, the respective board denied the permission citing the same rule, which was said to MS Dhoni. But, these days, his wicketkeeping gloves have taken over every debate in India and the whole nation is talking about the "Balidaan" (sacrifice) badge on his wicketkeeping gloves.

The ICC has strict codes of conduct in place and did not budge despite the BCCI asking it to show "flexibility" regarding the insignia, symbolising Balidaan, on Dhoni's gloves.

While MS Dhoni's glovework was always expected to make an impact in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, even the most ardent Team India supporters wouldn't have imagined the brouhaha that the dagger insignia on his gloves created.

Also, any logos should not have any political or racial connotations. The ICC has previously ruled against players making political statements and in 2104 the global governing body banned England all-rounder Moeen Ali from wearing wristbands saying "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine".

Although the ICC has said clearly that it is not going to allow it and stick to its policy, chances of the former India skipper taking the field against Australia with the same insignia on his gloves on Sunday are not ruled out.

India supporters took to Twitter to complain about the decision with the hashtag #DhoniKeepTheGlove, forcing the government to weigh in and demand action from its own cricket board.

As per the regulations, Dhoni would have been reprimanded if he sported the Army insignia on his keeping gloves on Sunday.

Latest News