World Cup 2019: Indian Fan Holds Up 'Balidaan' Badge Poster As MS Dhoni Sports His Green Gloves Sans The Insignia In Sunday's Match Against Australia

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While Indian wicketkeeper MS Dhoni flaunts his green gloves sans the 'Balidaan' badge during Sunday's cricket match against Australia, a fan was spotted holding up a banner with the Amry Insignia on it during the match

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:
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While Indian wicketkeeper MS Dhoni flaunts his green gloves sans the 'Balidaan' badge during Sunday's cricket match against Australia, a fan was spotted holding up a banner with the Amry Insignia on it during the match.

The photo shows the fan holding up the silver dagger insignia of the Para Special forces of the Indian Army with a golden ribbon on which 'Balidaan' is emblazoned, set against a black background.

India is currently its formidable total of 352 runs which was mainly amassed by star batsman Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli.

ICC Rejected Chris Gayle's Request To Use 'Universe Boss' Logo Before Censoring MS Dhoni's 'dagger' Sporting Wicketkeeping Gloves

Taking a firm stand, the ICC on Friday denied Mahendra Singh Dhoni permission to wear the dagger insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves during the World Cup despite BCCI's assertion that it was not a military symbol. 

"The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment. In addition to this, the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeper gloves," the statement said.

Incidentally, new developments in the story have revealed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had not only rejected Mahendra Singh Dhoni but had also denied West Indies opener Chris Gayle permission to use 'Universe Boss' logo on his bat. 

'Dhoni Has Shown His Love For The Forces' Says Former Army Chief Gen VK Singh, Backing MS Dhoni's Decision To Keep The 'Balidaan' Badge On His Wicketkeeping Gloves

The entire controversy started when the International Cricket Council (ICC), on Thursday, requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get the 'Balidaan' insignia removed from Indian cricketer and former Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicketkeeping gloves citing that the ICC official rules regarding equipment and clothing do not allow the show of political and religious messages during a match.

MS Dhoni was seen 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 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 in India’ first World Cup match on Wednesday.

Incidentally, MS Dhoni is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Para-Air troops on the Indian Army and belongs to the same regiment as the Para Special forces whose badge he is seen sporting.

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