While MS Dhoni’s glovework was always expected to make an impact in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, even the most ardent Team India supporters wouldn’t have imagined the brouhaha that the dagger insignia on his gloves created. The International Cricket Council (ICC) finally put to rest the controversy – largely fanned on social media — by conveying to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday that the insignia must be removed from the Indian wicket-keeper’s gloves. India next take on Australia at the Kennington Oval, London, on Sunday. The ICC has strict codes of conduct in place and did not budge despite the BCCI asking it to show “flexibility” regarding the insignia, symbolising Balidaan, on Dhoni’s gloves. The dagger is the emblem of the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Territorial Army of which Dhoni is an honorary lieutenant-colonel. The matter came to light after Dhoni wore the gloves with the Balidaan insignia for India’s tournament opener against South Africa on June 5, prompting the ICC to inform the team management that it was in breach of the tournament rules, which say that only the manufacturer’s logo was allowed on the gloves. While the BCCI conveyed to the ICC that this was a “non-issue” and that it will abide by the governing body’s decision on the matter, the board’s CEO, Rahul Johri, wrote to the ICC management, mainly its general manager (cricket) Geoff Allardice, that the insignia was not commercial or promotional in nature. The sports minister, Kiran Rijiju, too came out in support of Dhoni and said the BCCI must keep the government “informed” regarding further developments. The ‘Balidaan’ insignia on Dhoni’s gloves was noticed when Yuzvendra Chahal started scalping South African batsmen in Southampton on Wednesday Mirror has learnt that the ICC conveyed to the BCCI that such a concession could lead to a precedent, encouraging other players to follow suit. The ICC is very clear that players cannot promote any message or symbol conveying personal, religious, political, and military leanings during the match. Only the manufacturers’ logos are permitted on the players’ gear. Dhoni is in England to play cricket not for Mahabharata… (if) a section of Indian media is so obsessed with war, they should be sent to Syria, Afghanistan or Rwanda as mercenaries – Pakistan Federal minister for science and technology, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry In 2014, England all-rounder Moeen Ali was banned by the ICC from wearing wristbands supporting Palestine in a Test match against India. In a statement issued by the ICC then, it said, “The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match. Moeen Ali was told by the match referee that while he is free to express his views on such causes away from the cricket field, he is not permitted to wear the wristbands on the field of play and warned not to wear the bands again during an international match.” Sources said that Dhoni was not at all affected by the incident and was his usual unflappable self around his teammates.