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BIG: ICC CEO Confirms Considering MS Dhoni's 'Balidaan' Badge Gloves Issue, Adds 'we May Or May Not Change The Stance' After BCCI Writes Seeking Clearance

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:

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  • ICC will consider the issue adding that it may or may not reconsider its stance even if Dhoni & BCCI convince their intention
  • In the telephone conversation with Republic TV, Richardson has also said that there clearly seems to be a violation of the dress code while declining to comment on MS Dhoni's intention
  • Earlier in the day, the BCCI had spoken to Republic TV sources saying that they had already written a letter to the ICC on seeking clearance for MS Dhoni to continue wearing the insignia badge on his gloves

After the BCCI backing Dhoni's decision to wear the 'Balidaan' badge insignia on his wicketkeeping gloves, sources have spoken to ICC CEO Dave Richardson, on Friday, who said that the ICC will consider 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.

In the telephone conversation with Republic TV, Richardson has also said that there clearly seems to be a violation of the dress code while declining to comment on MS Dhoni's intention.

"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," he said.

BIG: BCCI Backs MS Dhoni's 'Balidaan Badge' Gloves Amid Nationwide Campaign, Writes To ICC Seeking Clearance

Earlier in the day, the BCCI had spoken to Republic TV sources saying that they had 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.

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.

WATCH: "Lt Col MS Dhoni Belongs To The Same Regiment As The Indian Para Forces," Says Major Gaurav Arya Backing Dhoni Over ICC's Objection To His 'Balidaan Badge' Glove

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.

MS Dhoni Spotted Donning The 'Balidan' Badge On His Wicket-keeping Glove During World Cup Match Against South Africa

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.

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.

 

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