DHONI ASKED TO REMOVE ARMY LOGO OFF HIS GLOVES
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked India wicket-keeper M. S. Dhoni to remove the army logo off his wicket-keeping gloves.
But if he does so (at the insistence of the ICC or the Indian Cricket Board), it will be an insult to the army and the people of India, according to retired Major Gaurav Arya.
During India’s opening match against South Africa in Southampton on June 5, Dhoni was seen keeping in gloves that sported the dagger insignia of his regiment of the Indian Para Special Forces.
This particular insignia – ‘Balidaan’, meaning sacrifice - can only be worn by paramilitary commandos.
“I don’t know if Dhoni violated ICC rules by wearing the ‘Balidaan’ insignia on his gloves. But once he has worn them, to take them off will be an insult,” retired Major Gaurav Arya said yesterday.
“Dhoni is a Lt Col. of the Parachute Regiment of Indian Army. He is part of Territorial Army. He is wearing his Regimental insignia. Dhoni has not used the insignia to promote religion or politics or make a racist statement.”