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ICC objects to army insignia on Dhoni's gloves

Last updated on: June 06, 2019 23:41 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMAGE: The regimental dagger insignia of the para forces visible on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicketkeeping gloves during the World Cup match against South Africa. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting an Army insignia on his glove during the India-South Africa clash was well appreciated by his fans but the International Cricket Council on Thursday requested the BCCI to have the badge removed, citing it is against its regulations.

Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager - Strategic Communications, told PTI that the apex body has requested the Indian cricket board to have the sign removed.

India's next game is against Australia on Sunday.

 

"It is against the regulations and we have requested it be removed," Furlong told PTI.

When asked if Dhoni, who is a Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of Territorial Army, could be penalised for the breach of an ICC regulation, she added: "For first breach, no. Just a request to remove".

Dhoni's love for the Indian Army is well known. During the opening World Cup fixture against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday, Dhoni's gloves attracted special attention when the TV cameras zoomed in.

The regimental dagger insignia of the para forces was embossed on his green wicket-keeping gloves.

While there is a possibility that Dhoni may have worn these gloves with the dagger insignia earlier also, it did get a lot of traction on social media with fans loving his unique way of paying tribute to the armed forces.

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