Ace cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni was spotted with wicket-keeping gloves that had the Army Insignia or 'Balidaan' badge - of the Indian Para Special Forces on them during India's maiden clash against South Africa at the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
As an image of the 37-year-old cricketer stumping Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings, sporting those particular gloves went viral, the International Cricket Council (ICC), said that they are requesting MS Dhoni to not use the gloves embossed with the insignia (Image: Reuters)
According to the ICC's Clothing and Equipment Rules and Regulations under G 1, "Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment ("Personal Messages") unless approved in advance by both the player or team official's Board and the ICC Cricket Operations Department. Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes." (Image: ICC)
While Twitter erupted with anger over ICC's request, the BCCI's Committee of Administrators, led by Vinod Rai, on its part, decided to back the former Indian captain, according to an agency report. (Image: Getty Images)
While the matter is still pending, MS Dhoni's love and respect for the Indian Army is not unknown. (Image: Instagram)
Early in 2019, Dhoni along with Virat Kohli and the rest of the team sported Army caps during their ODI match against Australia at Ranchi as a tribute to the CPRF personnel who died in the February 14 Pulwama attacks.
In fact, that was not the only other time that the former Indian skipper was seen sporting the logo. (Image: AP)
MS Dhoni was often seen carrying camouflage Cricket backpack. (Image: Reuters)
Indian players sport camouflage caps during an ODI in Ranchi. (Image: AP)
10) Incidentally, Dhoni was given an honorary Lt Colonel in the 106 Para TA battalion. Dhoni underwent the para basic course in Agra and had completed para jumps, earning his parachute wings as well, despite it being an honorary commission. (Image: PTI)
MS Dhoni has got the uniform and para badge which earned after going through Para Basic Course which requires a minimum of five successful parachute jumps. (Image: Instagram)
MSD is seen wearing a cap with Army insignia logo during IPL.
MS Dhoni stunned all by arriving in an army uniform at the Padma Awards 2018. (Image: PTI)