Amidst the exciting and entertaining showcase of the World Cup 2019 extravaganza, a controversy regarding MS Dhoni and his insignia gloves took the centerstage recently. The Indian wicket-keeper grabbed the headlines for donning a pair of wicket-keeping gloves in the recent game against South Africa in Southampton that bore an insignia of the armed forces as a mark of respect for the soldier. The International Cricket Council (ICC) refused to allow the veteran stumper to wear the controversial pair of gloves.
In reply, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) backed Dhoni as did the fans and a selection of the media as well. The ICC said earlier that it would allow Dhoni to continue wearing the gloves bearing the “Baalidan Badge” if the BCCI and the cricketer could give a convincing reasoning. The BCCI did its part to convince the ICC but it seems the appeal has fallen on deaf ears. It was confirmed on Friday night that the ICC responded to the BCCI saying the logo that Dhoni wore on his gloves in the match against South Africa is not permitted hereafter in the tournament.
While this issue has attracted all the attention, the ICC even rejected a plea from Chris Gayle much earlier.
A self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, Chris Gayle takes immense pride in this title and loves it when the fans refer to him that way. On several occasions earlier, he even sported strikers which read ‘Universe Boss’ on his bat. However, when he wanted to do the same during the World Cup as well, he didn’t get a nod ahead from the apex cricket council.
ICC couldn’t have made an exception
The same reason which was given to the BCCI was given to Gayle as well for rejecting the request. It was informed to him that he couldn’t use any clothing or sporting equipment for personal messages. The 39-year-old did accept the order from the ICC and moved on.
“ICC couldn’t have made an exception for Dhoni as no personal messages are allowed on equipment. Gayle wanted it but when he was refused permission, he accepted it and moved on,” a source privy to the development told Indian Express on conditions of anonymity.
While talking about MS Dhoni, the same source even stated: “It is not about military symbolism. It is about a simple rule that no personal messages are allowed. If ICC did not make an exception for Gayle, then how come they would make it for Dhoni.”