Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has taken cognisance of the controversy over the ICC taking exception to former Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting the 'Balidaan Badge' or the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicketkeeping gloves during the India vs South Africa World Cup match.
Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju told Republic TV that he is 'looking into the issue' after the International Cricket Council (ICC) asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get it removed.
Indian wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni was seen donning the 'Balidan' (sacrifice) badge on his wicket-keeping glove during the team's ICC Cricket World Cup match against South Africa on Wednesday.
Dhoni was sporting the Army insignia, which was visibleon his glove as he stumped Andile Phehlukwayo. The regimental dagger is the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces.
In 2011, Dhoni was given an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel and he has himself obtained training for a brief period with the Para Regiment. During the course of his training in Agra, Dhoni has done five parachute jumps during the training period, as per reports.
The former skipper's admiration for the Army is well known, as he has often expressed his desire of joining the Forces. Earlier in 2019, Dhoni and the Indian team wore army caps during the ODI match against Australia at Ranchi as a tribute to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.
India, which began its World Cup campaign on Wednesday, defeated South Africa by six wickets as Rohit Sharma struck an unbeaten century. Dhoni also looked in fine touch in the match as he scored 34 runs but he was dismissed at the end of the match by Chris Morris.
India will next face Australia in the World Cup on June 9.
(With ANI inputs)