first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to reconsider its objection to MS Dhoni donning the army crest on his wicketkeeping gloves but according to ICC sources, there is no scope for appeal.MS Dhoni is understood to be adamant on keeping the army badge on his wicketkeeping gloves despite objection by the International Cricket Council. BCCI Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai said the Indian board has written to the ICC to let Dhoni wear his gloves.In fact, senior ICC sources said there was no way the world governing body would reconsider because that might set a precedent for other teams and the ICC will have to allow their requests too.ICC sources said if Dhoni was allowed to sport the army insignia, then the whole playing field will have religious messaging or political messaging going on which the ICC can never afford to allow.However, the sources also clarified that BCCI has not yet made any formal appeal on this issue.MS Dhoni was seen wearing the wicketkeeping gloves with the Balidan badge during India’s World Cup 2019 opening match against South Africa on June 5. India next play Australia on June 9 and a decision needs to be made before that.However ICC sources said according to regulations, there is no scope for appeal but the BCCI is well within its rights to write to the ICC. At best, the matter will be referred to the technical committee comprising Jeff Allardyce, David Richardson, Kumar Sangakkara, Harsha Bhogle and Steve Elworthy but it is extremely unlikely that they will change their stance.advertisementAccording to sources, if MS Dhoni still wears the gloves with the army insignia on it, umpires will take note of it and at the moment there is no penalty of ban. The matter will however be escalated.This is the Para Special Forces insignia. Sources say what is seen on Dhoni’s gloves only resembles it, can’t say it’s the the real one. The special forces insignia is always in moron background and has balidan written in Devanagiri script. The badge always worn on the chest pic.twitter.com/ZR2GXO3XTNAbhishek Bhalla (@AbhishekBhalla7) June 7, 2019After the ICC issed a statement and a Pakistan minister took a dig at Dhoni, fans in India were left fuming. On Thursday, BCCI wrote a letter to ICC and asked the world governing body to reconsider its decision.Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said the Indian government will also intervene if the need arises. “Government doesn’t intervene in affairs of sports bodies, they are autonomous. But when issue is related to country’s sentiments, then interest of the nation has to be kept in mind. I would like to request BCCI to take up the matter with ICC.Also Read | MS Dhoni wanted to honour the Army, says former coach on Balidaan badge rowAlso See:last_img

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