All you need to know about Dhoni’s gloves, ‘Balidan’ badge, and ICC regulations

The ICC on Thursday requested the BCCI to have an insignia removed from Indian wicket keeper and former captain M.S. Dhoni’s gloves, citing ICC regulations.   | Photo Credit: AP

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to have an insignia removed from Indian wicket keeper and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s gloves, citing ICC regulations.

Dhoni, who is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, had the insignia printed on his green wicket-keeping gloves during the India-South Africa World Cup group stage match.

What was he wearing?

The insignia that attracted wide-range of comments on social media depicted a dagger with wings, similar to that on the badge of Para (Special Forces). However, the Para badge also has the word ‘Balidan’ (sacrifice), which was missing from the gloves worn by Dhoni.

What is the BCCI's stand?

BCCI’s Committee of Administrators chief denied the claim of the ICC on this ground saying that, Dhoni “did not breach any ICC regulations” as the logo on his gloves “is not the paramilitary regimental dagger.”

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the BCCI on Friday sought ICC's permission to allow Dhoni to wear the gloves with the logo. The CoA has sent a formal request for clearance to the ICC.

What does the ICC regulation say?

According to ICC regulations, players can’t sport anything that is related to political, religious or racial activities or causes.

For ICC: “In particular, no logo shall be permitted to be displayed on cricket clothing or cricket equipment, other than a national logo, a commercial logo, an event logo, a manufacturer’s logo, a player’s bat logo, a charity logo or a non-commercial logo as provided in the regulations.”

ICC recognises logo as any form of identification or branding including (without limitation) any corporate name, business name, title, flag, emblem, crest, mascot or trade mark and so.

What happens when the rules are breached?

Claire Furlong, ICC general manager — strategic communications, said in a statement that “for first breach, just a request to remove” is sent, followed by penalty.

ICC rules say that, “where any match official becomes aware of any clothing or equipment that does not comply with the rules, he shall be authorised to prevent the offending person from taking the field of play (or to order them from the field of play, if appropriate) until the non-compliant clothing or equipment is removed or appropriately covered up.”

Have there been similar controversies?

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) recently refused to allow Arsenal players to wear any sign of support for Henrikh Mkhitaryan before the Europa League final match. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, an Armenian American footballer, could not participate in the game due to international politics, as the match took place at Azerbaijan.

In 2014, FIFA banned players form displaying any personal slogans on T-shirts and their kit, ahead of the World Cup.

Australian cricket player Usman Khawaja, who is part of this year's World Cup squad, drew attention after he refused to wear the team's jersey with a VB beer brand logo. Earlier fellow cricketer Fawad Ahmad also refused to wear the logo.

And last but not the least, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had to stop having the Indian flag below the BCCI logo on the helmet following the Department of Home Affairs citing the Flag Code of India. Many other cricketers were also asked to stop using the flag. One of the arguments made was that cricketers spit on the field where the helmet is kept and also they keep their boots beside the helmets, thus disrespecting the national flag.

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