The controversy surrounding the ICC taking 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 has taken a turn with many Bollywood celebrities backing him up. From Riteish Deshmukh to Sonu Sood, many have jumped to the 37-year-old's defence.
Recently, speaking to Republic TV, Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty supported MS Dhoni and said, "He is a part of the paramilitary force so why not? Nobody objects when we pay money and put logos of other brands. This is something to be proud of and as an Indian, I am so happy that he is doing this".
"I don't think there is any controversy or anything that is objectionable", he added.
On being asked the message that he would like to send to the former Team India captain, the actor said, " I am proud of everything he has done and for me, he is the 'God of Cricket'. He is everything a true sportsman should be".
Apart from Suniel Shetty, Bollywood actors in the likes of Riteish Deshmukh and Paresh Rawal have come to the support of the 37-year-old. While Deshmukh highlighted how the Indian Army has always been independent irrespective of the political party in power and that the badge does not hurt anyone's sentiments, Paresh Rawal asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take a back step.
Meanwhile, in a big development in the ICC-Dhoni's 'Balidaan' glove tussle, sources have said that the BCCI has taken a stance backing MS Dhoni's decision to wear the army insignia honouring the Para-special forces. Sources have also confirmed that India's apex cricket body has 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.