BCCI backs MS Dhoni after ICC request to remove insignia from gloves

Ross Houston
June 7, 2019

The "Balidaan Badge" or the Army insignia was spotted on Dhoni's gloves as television replays showed him stumping Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal in the match against South Africa.

According to the sources, the BCCI has decided that it would stand by Dhoni as the insignia is neither commercial nor religious.

Yet the news has prompted thousands of emotional Indians to tweet about it.

Dhoni's love for the Indian Army is well known. Others told the council or ICC to concentrate on umpiring - a reference to Thursday's game between West Indies and Australia where batsman Chris Gayle was erroneously given out twice in the space of three deliveries. Soon after being decorated with the honorary post in 2011, Dhoni pledged his life post-retirement from Cricket to Army that remains his first preference and Cricket being the expertise.

In March, he distributed military-style camouflage caps to his team-mates who wore them during an global game - it was a tribute to the armed forces in the wake of an attack in Indian-administered Kashmir that killed more than 40 paramilitaries.

Pakistan and India women's cricket team are scheduled to play a one-day global series. Consequently, the ICC has asked BCCI to take the required step.

The ICC, however, had said that the Indian cricket team was granted permission to wear the camouflage caps. The ICC regulations says: "The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an global match".

This time around, the ICC objection seems to be more technical than anything else. 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, said the publication, adding only paramilitary commandos are allowed to wear the badge.

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