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The ICC has told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that the regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message and that the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeping gloves.
The International Cricket Council ((ICC)) on Friday denied permission to allow MS Dhoni to continue sporting the “Balidaan Badge” on his wicket-keeping gloves.
The International cricket body stated that any personal message or logo cannot be displayed on any item of clothing or equipment in an ICC tournament.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) struck down BCCI’s request for wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to sport the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his ’keeping gloves at the ongoing ICC World Cup in England and Wales.
M.S. Dhoni had regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves during India’s opening encounter against South Africa at Southampton.
Balidan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with “Balidan” inscribed in Devanagari.
Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidan Badge.
Rule of ICC
As per ICC’s Clothing and Equipment Rules and Regulations, under G1, “Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment (“Personal Messages”) unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s Board and the ICC Cricket Operations Department.
Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes. The ICC shall have the final say in determining whether any such message is approved.
For the avoidance of doubt, where a message is approved by the player or team official’s Board but subsequently disapproved by the ICC’s Cricket Operations Department, the player or team official shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey such message in International Matches.”