Amid the globally viral campaign backing MS Dhoni over the 'Balidaan Badge' on his glove which the ICC has taken exception to, actor Sonu Sood has said that the former Team India skipper should be allowed to wear the Army insignia at the World Cup.
Speaking to Republic TV, Sood said that supporting the Armed Forces is a matter of pride and there is nothing objectionable about it. He also added that whenever a person tries to support a good cause, instead of criticising, people should appreciate it.
The actor opined that Team India will not be affected by this and even if this is an agenda by a rival country, this will not affect their performance at the World Cup.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni sported the Army insignia on his glove during the India-South Africa clash, which was much appreciated by fans, but the International Cricket Council on Thursday requested the BCCI to have the badge removed, saying it is against regulations.
In response to the request, the BCCI backed MS Dhoni's decision to wear the army insignia honouring the Para-special forces, writing a letter to ICC seeking clearance.
Earlier in the day, ICC had confirmed that it was considering the issue adding that it may or may not reconsider its stance even if Dhoni & BCCI convince their intention to the ICC, in conversation to Republic TV.
"There is a specific rule of ICC that clearly talks about the dress code. Clearly, this seems to be a violation. I am not commenting on what was Dhoni's intention but ICC may or may not reconsider its stand even if Dhoni & BCCI convince their intention," said ICC CEO Dave Richardson.
The ICC seeking to remove the 'Balidaan Badge' has triggered a major outcry, with support coming in country-wide for him to keep on the insignia.
Here are some of the tweets:
Sreesanth and Former captain of the Indian Football team Bhaichung Bhutia came out in support too.