ICC rejects BCCI's appeal to reconsider the decision about MS Dhoni's insignia gloves which had a symbol of Balidaan on it.

International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday rejects BCCI's appeal to reconsider the decision about MS Dhoni's insignia gloves by considering the regulations of ICC.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has denied BCCI's determined attempts to allow MS Dhoni to sport the "insignia" gloves in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Rejecting BCCI's request to allow Dhoni to wear the badge, the ICC said that the logo displayed on Dhoni's wicketkeeping gloves in India's first World Cup match against South Africa is an infringement of the laws of the game.

They also added that the ICC's regulations for international 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 wicket-keeper gloves.

The BCCI earlier backed Dhoni on the issue after he was spotted wearing the 'Balidaan Badge' or regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves and written to the ICC seeking its permission. 

The ICC has cited regulation D.1 from the ICC's rulebook that deals with clothing regulation to drive home their point.

Regulation D.1:

No Logo shall be permitted to be displayed on Cricket Clothing or Cricket Equipment, other than a National Logo, a Commercial Logo, an Event Logo, a Manufacturer's Logo, a Player's Bat Logo, a Charity Logo or a Non-Commercial Logo as provided in these regulations.

The regulation further goes on to say, "In addition, where any Match official becomes aware of any clothing or equipment that does not comply with these Regulations, he shall be authorised to prevent the offending person from taking the field of play (or to order them from the field of play, if appropriate) until the non-compliant clothing or equipment is removed or appropriately covered up." 

The BCCI, however, insisted that the insignia also called the 'Balidaan badge' or a badge of sacrifice, had "none of those connotations" listed by the ICC.

Speaking to ANI news channel, Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai said, ''The ICC rules say any insignia worn by any player shouldn't have any religious, military, or commercial significance. In this case, the insignia has none of those connotations. So we're going to tell ICC it need not be removed". Rai, however, added that the Board will take permission from the ICC in case it is required.

However, Dhoni would still have been required to seek permission from the ICC as stated by rule L.

Rule L:

In order for any Logo or Personal Message to be ICC-approved for use in any match or series of matches to which these Regulations apply, the party seeking approval must apply to ICC for the grant of such approval and such approval must have been granted in advance of the commencement of the match or series in question.

However, the latest ruling by the ICC has put an end to the controversy, putting a direct restriction on Dhoni wearing the gloves with the Dagger Insignia badge, disallowing India's ex-captain from sporting the logo in question on his wicketkeeping gloves in the upcoming World Cup encounters.

India is set to take on Australia at the Kennington Oval in London on Sunday (June 9) - their first face-off in a World Cup league match since the 2003 edition. 

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