Amid the globally viral campaign backing MS Dhoni over the 'Balidaan Badge' on his glove at the World Cup, former Indian Hockey team Captain Sardara Singh said that MS Dhoni sporting the Army Insignia on his glove is a matter of pride for the country.
Speaking to Republic TV, Sardara Singh said that the entire country is proud of his achievements but put forth that this controversy should not interfere with his performance. He also added that the International Cricket Council has its own rules and regulations and Dhoni is expected to follow it.
He said that at present Dhoni should focus more on the World Cup as the entire country is keeping its hopes on him.
MS Dhoni sported a pair of wicketkeeping gloves with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces during India's World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa at Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 5. Images of the "Balidaan Badge" on Dhoni's wicketkeeping gloves went viral on social media with quite a few Indian fans praising the World Cup-winner for his devotion towards the Indian Para Special Forces.
The rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC) clearly state that "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." However, thousands of people have pointed out to the ICC that the Balidaan badge doesn't fall into any of the categories.
The ICC on Thursday asked the BCCI to make sure MS Dhoni removes the Army insignia from his wicketkeeping gloves. In response to ICC'S request, BCCI took a stance on Friday backing MS Dhoni's decision to wear the army insignia honouring the Para-special forces, writing a letter to ICC seeking clearance.
In a statement to Republic, Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai, said:
"We have already written (to ICC to seek permission for MS Dhoni to wear 'Balidaan' insignia on his gloves), will speak more after the meeting (CoA meeting)."
#DhoniKeepTheGlove" has been trending on several social media platforms ever since the ICC directed the BCCI to remove the Army crest.
India will next face Australia in the World Cup, in London, on Sunday.