Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - WORLD SPORTS - BY BIPIN DANI

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.”

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