The controversy over the objection raised by the ICC over MS Dhoni wearing the 'Balidaan Badge' of his Para regiment on his wicket-keeping gloves at the World Cup has gone worldwide with the #DhoniKeeptheGlove becoming a global trend.
The controversy triggered on Thursday after ICC (International Cricket Council) requested the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to get the 'Balidaan Badge' or the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces that MS Dhoni sported on his wicketkeeping gloves during the India vs South Africa World Cup match removed.
Amid the badge row, a number of key personalities from various fields spoke to Republic TV backing the former Indian Cricket Team captain and seeking the BCCI to not succumb to ICC's demand.
Giving the matter an Indian Armed forces perspective, Major Gaurav Arya (Retd.) 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."
From sports fraternity including legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh and Olympian Sushil Kumar to Bollywood actors including Ritesh Deshmukh and Paresh Rawal, prominent personalities expressed their support to Dhoni amid the controversy.
With massive national outrage, ICC CEO Dave Richardson, speaking to Republic TV, said that the global cricketing board 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 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.
This came after sources had told Republic TV that BCCI 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.
On Thursday, speaking to Republic TV, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju had also 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:
Here are some Twitter reactions from across the world on the controversy:
During the India vs South Africa 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.
The regimental dagger is the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces.
In 2011, Dhoni was given an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel and he has undergone training for a brief period with the para regiment. During the course of his training in Agra, Dhoni is believed to have done five parachute jumps during the training period. The former skipper's love for the Army is well known, as he has often expressed his desire of joining the forces.
Meanwhile, India will next face Australia in the World Cup on June 9.
(With agency inputs)