The International Cricket Council (ICC) has refused West Indies batsman Chris Gayle from using ‘Universe Boss’ logo on his bat. The apex body is already facing the rage from fans after refusing Dhoni to use Army Insignia on his keeping gloves.
The Universe Boss is Chris Gayle’s own brand. He has been promoting it ever since he proclaimed himself as ‘Universe Boss’. The ICC has revealed both the cases involved personal messages. They cite it as a equipment regulation violation for the World Cup 2019.
The governing body is strict in its stand and has already asked Dhoni to not continue wearing Balidaan logo. Reports suggested that Chris Gayle was the first to be denied permission on using his brand. However, once ICC refused, Gayle accepted the ruling.
Normally, when a player wants to use a logo on his bat, he can write to ICC seeking permission. In Chris Gayle’s scenario this is the case. But ICC denied him the opportunity to don “Universe Boss” logo on his bat.
“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 informed on Sunday.
Speaking on MS Dhoni’s Army Insignia, the source said: “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.”
ICC Strict On Regulating Players
International cricket council has been strict on these issues for a while now. Previously, Moeen Ali faced the wrath of the governing body after wearing a ‘Free Palestine’ wristband.
The ICC rules suggest no player should wear political, religious or military related messages, logos or anything. Moeen Ali was fined heavily by ECB back then and no issue regarding clothing has happened since then.
But in few days, Chris Gayle and MS Dhoni are denied the chance to don their desired logos. On the other hand, the source revealed they cannot make an exemption to MS Dhoni’s scenario. As this might lead other players putting up controversial markings on their clothing in future.
“Tomorrow, Moeen Ali will again request for wearing a ‘Free Palestine’ wristband which is a direct political message. We did not allow it then and we won’t allow it now. You won’t be even allowed to have a word like love’ embossed on the equipment,” the source added.