While Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting the 'Balidaan Badge' or the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicketkeeping gloves during the India vs South Africa World Cup match made headlines, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get it removed.
How is the BCCI going to be taking this insult? Why should Dhoni compromise?
Cricket Ananlyst Kishore Bhimani spoke to Republic TV and said: "Let me put it this way very briefly — There is a law that exists in the ICC rulebook that a prior permission needs to be taken with due explanation for any such logo, in that case, they are perfectly alright. But if you ask my opinion, I feel this is ICC showing their muscle totally without reason. It's a tribute to the country, which is very sacred. I don't believe that they should be heavy on Dhoni and Dhoni should be allowed to do this. They cannot be possibly force him to pull this down."
He further added: "Sometime ago, Vivian Richards was wearing an arm band. Others too have done this and they were asked to remove. ICC should judge individual to individual and issue to issue. The fact is he is not even making a flamboyant show of it. It is a quiet pair of wicket keeping gloves. Today if there had been someone like Jagmohan Dalmia or Mr. Raj Singh, they would have laughed this off. ICC vs BCCI confrontation, BCCI has always won out when they were around. Public opinion and media would certainly help in this issue."
Indian wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni was seen donning the 'Balidan' (sacrifice) badge on his wicket-keeping glove during the team's ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match against South Africa on Wednesday.
'Captain Cool' was spotted sporting the Army insignia, which was clearly seen while he stumped Andile Phehlukwayo. 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. Earlier this year, Dhoni and the Indian team wore army caps during the ODI match against Australia at Ranchi as a tribute to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.
India, who began their World Cup campaign on Wednesday, defeated South Africa by six wickets as Rohit Sharma struck an unbeaten century. Dhoni also looked in fine touch in the match as he scored 34 runs but he was dismissed at the end of the match by Chris Morris.
India will next face Australia in the World Cup on June 9.
(With inputs from ANI)