During India’s match against South Africa during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, wicketkeeper MS Dhoni was spotted bearing an insignia of the Indian Army on his gloves. Evidently, this was a big no-no for the ICC, as he rules stated that no message or logo can be displayed on the clothing or equipment.
In fact, even the BCCI backed the main governing body on their decision to ask Dhoni to remove the gloves. In a statement released to the media, the ICC said, “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.”
Earlier, the BCCI approached the ICC to permit Mahendra Singh Dhoni to wear the badge. However, the main governing body put their foot down and informed the BCCI that they can’t allow Dhoni to wear the badge during the World Cup 2019.
According to the ICC, the actions of MS Dhoni was a breach of clause G1 in the rules set by the body. This ruling pertained to personal messages as well as the logos allowed on wicketkeeper gloves and such logos and message should not be worn.
Dhoni bore that mark as a tribute to the Indian Army, of which he was a part of, for a while. Since the controversy, the cricketing world has been divided on the issue, with the likes of COA chief Vinod Rai, former player Sreesanth and many more supporting him. However, the governing bodies are not budging.