Smriti Irani shows solidarity with Indian Army’s Special Forces amid MS Dhoni gloves row

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves have been in the news for all the wrong reasons since Wednesday with the images of him sporting the Indian Army’s Special Forces insignia going viral on social media after India’s opening match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa on June 5.People in India have backed Dhoni for his gesture during the match but it has drawn the ire of the International Cricket Council (ICC) which asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get the symbol removed from the former India captain’s gloves.From former cricketers to fans and politicians, have all been slamming the ICC for not permitting Dhoni to wear the gloves supporting the special forces insignia ever since cricket’s governing body wrote to the Indian cricket board.Smriti Irani, the minister of women and child development, is the latest high-profile personality who has come out in support of Dhoni and the Indian Army’s Special Forces. She posted a picture of the Para Commandos Special Forces symbol along with the hashtags #heroes #menofhonour.The BCCI has even sought permission from the ICC to let Dhoni wear those gloves in India’s next match against Australia at The Oval. However, that request has been turned down by the ICC.The ICC responded to BCCI’s letter explaining Dhoni’s act was a breach of clause G1 (personal messages) as well as the logos allowed on WK gloves and as such should not be worn.advertisementIt has been learned that the Indian Board will not be contesting the world governing body’s stand on the issue. The Indian Army meanwhile, has also stayed away from the controversy so far.Sources said the army won’t intervene in the matter and won’t take any action or even ask him to remove the symbol.The army says that there is no need for any intervention since the symbol is not the real insignia but only bears a resemblance. The Special Forces insignia is always in maroon background and has balidaan written in Hindi. It’s always worn on the chest.”The symbol on Dhoni’s gloves only resembles it, we can’t say it is the Special Forces insignia,” said an army official.A dagger similar to the one that is used in the insignia could be seen on Dhoni’s gloves when India played South Africa in its opening match on June 5, in the ongoing cricket World Cup.Sources said the matter has been discussed but since it’s only a dagger without the other features of of the insignia, there is no need for any action.Also Read | ICC red cards MS Dhoni gloves: Mahi in breach of ICC rulesAlso Read | BCCI unlikely to contest ICC decision on MS Dhoni glovesAlso Read | MS Dhoni gloves row: What are the official ICC rules on clothing and equipment?Also Read | Indian Army won’t intervene in MS Dhoni gloves controversylast_img