ICC Denies BCCI Request: MS Dhoni Can’t Sport Army Insignia on Gloves

ICC Denies BCCI Request: MS Dhoni Can’t Sport Army Insignia on Gloves

8th June 2019 0 By Akhil Rajaram

The BCCI on Friday had sent a request to the game’s world body to make an exception because the insignia was not ‘religious, military, or commercial’ in nature. However, the ICC have refused to budge on the matter.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) stricken down BCCI’s request for wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to sport the army unit dagger badge of the Indian Para U. S. Army Special Forces on his ’keeping gloves at the continuingInterstate Commerce Commissiontourney in England and Wales.

“The ICC has responded to the BCCI to confirm the logo displayed by MS Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. 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,” the ICC statement said on Friday.

The rule-book allows for only one sponsor’s logos on the wicket-keeping gloves. In Dhoni’s case, he already sports an SG logo on his gloves.

Appendix 2 of the ICC ‘Clothing and Equipment Regulations’ deals with the disciplinary action that the world body can initiate in case of breach or offences. Since Dhoni’s case falls under the non-commercial logo, charity logo or other breach, the first sanction under this offence is a reprimand.

For a second offence within 12 months, 25 per cent of match fees will be deducted, for the third offence 50 per cent and for the fourth offence 75 per cent.

(Image: ICC)

(Image: ICC)

Earlier in the day, after a day-long meeting in Mumbai on Friday, CoA members came to the decision that a letter asking permission from ICC.

“We are not going against any ICC rules. We are just requesting them to consider the matter since the rules say insignia worn by any player shouldn’t have any religious, military, or commercial significance — which is not there in Dhoni’s case. We have asked the ICC if Dhoni can continue to sport this insignia on his gloves,” CoA member Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Ravi Thodge told CricketNext after the meeting on Friday.

“We took permission from ICC to sport camouflage caps during the India-Australia ODI series. If the rules state that we need to take permission in this case also, we’ll do the same again. We are not demanding anything, it’s just a request to ICC,” Thodge added.

Balidaan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with Balidaan inscribed in Devanagari. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidaan Badge.

As per ICC’s covering and instrumentality Rules and rules, under G1, “Players and team officers shall not be permissible to wear, show or different wise convey messages through arm bands or other things appendant to covering or instrumentality (“Personal Messages”) unless approved beforehand by each the player or team official’s Board and therefore the interstate Commerce Commission Cricket Operations Department. Approval shall not be granted for messages that relate to political, spiritual or racial activities or causes. The Interstate Commerce Commission shall have the ultimate say in determinative whether or not any such message is approved. For the turning away of doubt, wherever a message is approved by the player or team official’s Board however afterward disapproved by the ICC’s Cricket Operations Department, the player or team official shall not be permissible to wear, show or otherwise convey such message in International Matches.”