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Dhoni told to play it by the book after ICC rule against India appeal about gloves

MS Dhoni

Former India captain MS Dhoni caused uproar after wearing gloves with the Indian Special Forces logo printed on them.

Dhoni was seen keeping wicket in India’s opening World Cup match against South Africa on Wednesday in gloves that sported the dagger insignia of his regiment of the Para Special Forces.

The “Balidaan” insignia, meaning sacrifice can only be worn by paramilitary commandos, however BCCI Committee of Administrators chairman Vinod Rai has denied any similarity.

Rai told ESPNcricinfo the insignia was: “neither political, nor commercial, nor military.

“And it is not the paramilitary regimental dagger that is embossed on his gloves.

 “I am told ICC has specific rules pertaining to the logos on the gloves of the wicketkeeper.

“If there is rule as specific as that we will 100% conform to the ICC rules.

“We don’t propose to escalate this non-issue.”

The issue has raised controversy again with the ICC sanctioning players for bringing political matters into the game.

In 2014 the ECB had cleared England spin-bowler Moeen Ali to wear political wristbands only later for the ICC to reverse the decision.

Ali was banned by David Boon the ICC match referee from wearing the “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” wristbands in the third Test match against India in Southampton.

Despite England arguing that the gesture was made on a ‘humanitarian’ and not political statement, the ICC was adamant in its strict ruling.

Under the ICC Clothing and Equipment regulations players or team officials are not permitted to wear, display or convey: “messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during International Matches.

“In addition, where any Match official becomes aware of any clothing or equipment that does not comply with these Regulations, 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.”

Consequently the ICC ruled that Dhoni to be banned from wearing those gloves for the rest of the World Cup matches.

India will play Australia next at the Kennington Oval in London on Sunday June 9 their first encounter in a World Cup league match since 2003.

JOTI KAUR

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