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WATCH: Former IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla Backs MS Dhoni Amid 'Balidaan Badge' Controversy, Says "he Has Not Violated The Rules"

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:

Amid the controversy surrounding the ICC's objection to former Team India captain MS Dhoni wearing the 'Balidaan Badge' of his Para regiment on his wicket-keeping gloves at the World Cup, IPL (Indian Premier League) Chairman Rajeev Shukla has come out in support of Dhoni. 

Speaking to media on Friday, Shukla, who is also a former manager of the Indian Cricket Team, has said that ICC has not violated any code of conduct and ICC should not object in the matter. 

"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," Rajeev Shukla said. 

Further responding to Pakistan's attack on MS Dhoni for his gesture honouring the Indian Para Special Forces, the former IPL Chairman said that it is not appropriate for the neighbouring country to object it. 

"I don't think it is appropriate for Pakistan to object it," he added.

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In India's game against South Africa on Wednesday, Dhoni was seen wearing regimental dagger insignia "Balidaan Badge" of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves. On Thursday, the ICC (International Cricket Council) asked the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to get the insignia removed from Dhoni's gloves.

Pakistan responded in the matter by attacking the Indian cricketer for his gesture honouring the Indian Para Special Forces. Fawad Chaudhry, the Federal Minister for Science & Technology Government of Pakistan, tweeted:

According to the ICC rules, "The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match."

Meanwhile, sources have confirmed that  BCCI has 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.

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