A day after his Pakistan Minister Fawad Chaudhary tweeted about the ICC's objection over the insignia on MS Dhoni's glove, he has again taken to Twitter criticising the Indian media. Even as the country stands together with Dhoni on the Republic's campaign of Dhoni, keep the glove, Chaudhary has said that his tweet on Dhoni was confused with Mahabharata. In his tweet, he also adviced the media to keep Cricket as a gentleman's game and not make it an Indian politics turf.
Here's his tweet:
The International Cricket Council’s request to the Board of Control for Cricket in India to get the ‘Balidaan Badge’ removed from Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicket-keeping gloves spooked Pakistan. A day earlier, neighbouring country’s minister Fawad Hussain had tweeted saying that Dhoni is in England to play cricket and not for Mahabharata. The attacked the veteran Indian cricketer for his gesture honouring the Indian Para Special Forces.
As Republic TV broke the story, sports fraternity all over the country showed their support for Dhoni. Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh said that he did not like what the ICC (International Cricket Council) has done on objecting to Dhoni wearing the 'Balidaan Badge' on his glove.
The event took a political turn when Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi took to Twitter and showed his support for Dhoni. Bollywood also stood in favour of Dhoni and against the ICC's objection.
Significantly, speaking to Republic TV, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that he had been apprised of the matter and would look into it.
"The government does not interfere in the functioning of BCCI or any sports body. They are autonomous in nature. On the incident related to the World Cup, as reports have come that the pride of India is involved, I would like to say that BCCI should take up the issue on their level properly with the ICC. They should also keep in mind the sentiment of the nation while dealing with the issue," Rijiju said.
The 'Balidaan Badge' was clearly spotted when the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman dismissed Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the South African innings in India’ first World Cup match on Wednesday. The regimental dagger is the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces, of which MS Dhoni is an honorary member.