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MUST READ: Actor Rahul Dev's Pincer Redirecting ICC Towards Umpiring Shambles Rather Than Witch-hunt Against MS Dhoni's 'Balidaan Badge' Is Going Viral

Written By Chetna Kapoor | Mumbai | Published:

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  • 'Balidaan Badge' or Umpiring Shambles?: Actor Rahul Dev uses sarcasm to make it painfully simple for the ICC

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's love for the Army is well known and the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in Parachute Regiment chose a unique way of paying tribute to the armed forces.

During the opening World Cup fixture against South Africa in Southampton, Dhoni's gloves attracted special attention when the TV cameras zoomed in. The regimental dagger insignia of the para forces was embossed on his green wicketkeeping gloves. 

While there is a possibility that Dhoni may have worn these gloves with dagger insignia earlier also, it did get a lot of traction on social media with fans loving his unique way of paying tribute.

But ICC "requested the BCCI" to ask Dhoni to remove the sign from the gloves, citing rules which forbid display of messages "which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes.", post which #DhoniKeepTheGlove as a hashtag campaign started trending worldwide.

Actor Rahul Dev, who has appeared in films like 'Mubarakan', 'Champion', 'Dishoom' and many more multi-lingual films, took to his Twitter handle and made a sarcastic jibe at the governing body ICC. He wrote: "Dear all at @ICC ,when you are done with which symbol a legendary cricketer (read MS Dhoni) wears on his glove, pls do take time to check out the standard of umpiring. The World Cup?Really now! BTW The 'Balidaan Badge' doesn't disrespect anyone. #DhoniKeepTheGlove #AUSvWI #CWC19"

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The 'umpiring standards' Rahul Dev is talking about comes after yesterday's match between Australia and West Indies. Chasing a target of 289 runs, West Indies faced a 15-run defeat at the hands of Australia on Thursday.

Umpires Chris Gaffaney and Ruchira Palliyaguruge overturned four of their decisions. Apart from that, Gaffaney also missed a front foot no-ball bowled by Mitchell Starc which sent Chris Gayle back to the pavilion.

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