Mumbai: MS Dhoni will not remove the military symbol from his wicket-keeping gloves Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai said.
BCCI has sought the ICC’s permission for it. During India’s opening World Cup game against South Africa in Southampton, Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves had a dagger logo embossed, which looked more like an Army insignia.
“The BCCI has already sent a formal request to the ICC for approval. According to the ICC rules, players can not play any commercial, religious or military logos. There was nothing commercial or religious in this regard as we all know, “Rai told PTI on the phone.
“And it is not the paramilitary regimental dagger that is embossed in his gloves. So Dhoni is not in breach of ICC regulations,” he added.
Dhoni is the honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and Khangar is part of his emblem.
This comes after ICC requesting the BCCI to remove the signal from the gloves which prevent the display of messages by the BCCI, which deny the display of messages “which are related to political, religious or racial activities or causes.”
Asked how India will respond India would respond in case the ICC insists on the removal of the sign and sanctions Dhoni for defiance, Rai said, “I think there has been a request to get it removed and not an instruction.
“As far as we are concerned, the BCCI CEO (Rahul Johri) will be reaching there before the Australia game and will be speaking to the senior ICC officials.
(With PTI Inputs)