World Cup 2019: Dhoni can't wear 'insignia gloves', says ICC

The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment.

MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni sported Army insignia on his wicketkeeping gloves during the game against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday.   -  AFP

The ICC has responded to the BCCI to confirm the logo displayed by M.S. Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment. In addition to this, the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeper gloves.

Earlier, the ICC had “requested the BCCI” to ask Dhoni to remove the sign from the gloves, citing rules which forbid display of messages “which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes.”

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During India’s opening World Cup game against South Africa in Southampton, Dhoni’s green keeping gloves had a dagger logo embossed, which looked more like an Army insignia.

“The BCCI had already sent a formal request to the ICC for clearance. As per ICC regulations, players can’t sport any commercial, religious or military logo. There was nothing commercial or religious in this regard as we all know,” CoA chairman Vinod Rai had said in defence of Dhoni.

Dhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army and dagger is part of their emblem. The CoA chief’s defence is based on the fact that the para-regimental dagger logo has word ‘Balidan’ (sacrifice) inscribed on it, which is not the case with the logo sported by Dhoni. However, the argument may not cut much ice with the ICC if it strictly goes by rules