As the controversy surrounding the ICC taking objection to former Team India captain MS Dhoni wearing the 'Balidaan Badge' of his Para regiment on his wicket-keeping gloves at the World Cup gets global, Canadian writer and political activist Tarekh Fateh have slammed the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Taking to Twitter, Fateh opined that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should back him and Dhoni should keep his gloves because they do not oppose the moustacheless beards of the Islamists in the World Cup. Tagging the ICC in his post, he said that they don't have a problem with the Pakistan cricket team praying on the field. He added that in such a scenario there is no point that the ICC is having a problem with an insignia on Dhoni's glove. He also shared an old image of the Pakistan Cricket team praying on the cricket field.
Here are his series of tweets:
Fatah is a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and served as its communications officer and spokesperson. Some of his activism and statements have been met with criticism from right-wing Muslim groups. He calls himself an Indian born in Pakistan, a Punjabi born in Islam. He was imprisoned twice by military regimes. In 1977, he was charged with sedition by the General Zia-ul Haq regime and barred from journalism in Pakistan
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. Additionally, Pakistan made an uninvited entry into the controversy, with Imran Khan's spooked Science and Technology Minister replied to a Republic tweet and hit out:
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.