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Dhoni gets government support on gloves issue

June 10, 2019

Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has received the government of India's support in the controversy raised over his decision to wear a glove with an Army insignia on it.

Union Minister Smriti Irani posted the Indian Army's Balidan insignia on her Instagram account to show support for Dhoni, who was barred by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from wearing the symbol on his wicket-keeping gloves during the ongoing World Cup. The ICC said this was against the rules.

Irani's post read:

You'll never see us cause we don't exist, you'll never hear about us cause it never happened, we don't exist so that you can. Men apart, every man an emperor. - Union Minister Smriti Irani

During a World Cup match against South Africa in England, Dhoni, an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Territorial Army, wore the insignia of the Parachute Regiment on his gloves. The ICC objected saying that the rules allowed cricketers to wear only sponsors' logos on gloves. The ICC told India's cricketing board that Dhoni would have to remove the badge from his gloves.

"The ICC has responded to the BCCI to confirm the logo displayed by MS Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019. 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 ICC said.

The government has backed the cricketer. Minister Kiren Rijiju and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir also supported Dhoni. Speaking to a news channel, Gambhir said, "The ICC's job is to run cricket in the right way, not to see who is wearing the gallows and the logo on it. The ICC's job is to provide pitches for bowlers as well and not make the condition suitable for batters only. The entire logo issue is being given too much importance".

The Army has kept a distance saying it was Dhoni's personal decision to wear the Army insignia on his gloves.

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