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ICC asks BCCI to remove Indian army insignia from Dhoni's gloves

MS Dhoni was spotted wearing wicket-keeping gloves with a regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces. Photo: AFP 

The International Cricket Council has objected to the Indian army insignia engraved on MS Dhoni’s gloves, after the wicket-keeper and former World Cup-winning captain sent the social media into a meltdown by wearing the gloves sporting a regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces.

Dhoni was spotted wearing the gloves during India's World Cup 2019 opening match against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday. The insignia was clearly visible when he stumped Andile Phehlukwayo.

According to Indian media reports, the ICC has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get the symbol removed from Dhoni's gloves. Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, told IANS that the BCCI has been asked to get the symbol removed from Dhoni's gloves. 

"We have requested the BCCI to get it removed," she said.

The ICC regulations clearly state that “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 international match."

Dhoni, who led India to World Cup victory in 2011, was given an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the same year and has undergone training with the para regiment.

Earlier this year too, the Indian team ignited the social media when its players wore camouflage caps during an ODI against Australia at Ranchi as a tribute to the CRPF personnel killed in the February 14 Pulwama attack.