In a big development in the ICC-Dhoni's 'Balidaan' glove tussle, sources have said that the BCCI, on Friday, has taken a stance backing MS Dhoni's decision to wear the army insignia honouring the Para-special forces.
Sources have also confirmed that India's apex cricket body has already written a letter to the ICC on seeking clearance for MS Dhoni to continue wearing the insignia badge on his gloves, with the Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai confirming the news.
Visuals show that the interim president of BCCI, Vinod Rai telling reporters on his way into the building, that the BCCI has indeed taken a stance backing Dhoni by writing a letter to ICC seeking clearance.
Rai also said in a statement to Republic sources saying: "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)."
Rai has also said that the insignia worn by Dhoni was neither commercial or religious adding that Dhoni was not in breach of any ICC regulations, in conversation to PTI.
"The BCCI had already sent a formal request to the ICC for clearance. As per ICC regulations, players can't sport any commercial, religious or military logo. There was nothing commercial or religious in this regard as we all know," he said.
The entire controversy started when the International Cricket Council (ICC), on Thursday, requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get the 'Balidaan' insignia removed from Indian cricketer and former Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicketkeeping gloves citing that the ICC official rules regarding equipment and clothing do not allow the show of political and religious messages during a match.
MS Dhoni was seen 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 on Wednesday. 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.
After the ICC's decision to ask BCCi to get the insignia removed, many military officials, actors, sportspersons, government authorities have vocally supported MS Dhoni to keep the gloves on sporting the insignia.
Major Gaurav Arya had said: "This is neither political nor religious. MS Dhoni is actually Lieutenant Colonel Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is part of the Territorial Army and the Para Regiment. He has done training as a paratrooper along with the Para-brigade in Agra. He was attached to 5-Para and was staying in their mess. So Dhoni is wearing the insignia of the regiment of which he is a part.
Former IPL (Indian Premier League) Chairman Rajeev Shukla had said: "It is neither political nor commercial nor religious. It is only about his personal passion for the country. I think he should not be stopped from carrying it. Dhoni has not violated the code of conduct. I don't think ICC should object to it and I am sure that COA will raise this matter."
Olympian Sushil Kumar has said: " He plays for the country and also supports Army. I want to say that he has my complete support. If a player follows any organization, wearing a badge of the same shouldn't be a problem."
Incidentally, MS Dhoni is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Para-Air troops on the Indian Army and belongs to the same regiment as the Para Special forces whose badge he is seen sporting.