Support continues to pour in for former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was asked by the ICC to remove the 'Balidaan Badge' insignia from his wicketkeeping gloves following which many have openly lashed out at the ICC's decision, alleging the body of oppressing Indian sentiment.
The ICC instructed BCCI to get the Army insignia removed from the wicketkeeper's gloves claiming that it does not allow any players and team officials to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s Board and the ICC Cricket Operations Department. Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes.
Harendra Singh, the former coach of the Junior Hockey team of India, has come out to voice his support for the captain. Speaking to Republic TV, he has expressed his solidarity towards Dhoni's love for the nation and has vowed to stand with him.
"MS Dhoni is showing the love and respect for the nation. As athletes, we don't just represent the country, we also represent the flag. On behalf of all the athletes, we vow to stand with MS Dhoni in this matter."
Talking about BCCI's silence on the matter, Harendra Singh feels that the board will take it up soon and would find a way to mediate with the ICC.
Celebrities, athletes and thousands of people have voiced their support for MS Dhoni and have asked him to retain the logo on the gloves, which shows his respect for the nation and the army. MS Dhoni has was conferred the honourary rank of Lt Colonel and has undergone training as a part of the Para Regiment.
India plays against Australia next on June 9.