Al Jazeera – The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked an Indian cricketer to remove an army insignia from his wicketkeeping gloves, sparking a nationalistic furore in the South Asian country.

Summary

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked an Indian cricketer to remove an army insignia from his wicketkeeping gloves, sparking a nationalistic furore in the South Asian country.
  • The ICC said its clothing and equipment rules allow only manufacturers’ logos on gloves, and that Dhoni or the Indian team had not sought any permission to sport the badge.
  • Bollywood actors Riteish Deshmukh and Rahul Dev backed Dhoni, with Deshmukh saying the army insignia was “a symbol of pride”, and Dev telling the ICC to focus on the “standard of umpiring” over Dhoni’s gloves.
  • Many others praised Dhoni and expressed pride in the army, while some went as far as to call on the Indian team to pull out of the tournament if the cricketer was forced to remove his gloves.
  • In March, Dhoni and his team members wore army camouflage-style caps during a one-day match against Australia to show their solidarity with Indian paramilitary soldiers killed in a suicide attack by a Pakistan-based armed group.


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