ICC World Cup 2019: We Will Go By ICC Norms – Vinod Rai On MS Dhoni Sporting Army Insignia
None would have expected that a gesture of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the Army forces would create such tension. MS Dhoni, who sported Army Insignia on his gloves was asked to remove by the ICC, who made an urge to the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Meanwhile, CoA Chief Vinod Rai join the bandwagon.
During India’s World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa at Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 5, MS Dhoni sported a pair of wicketkeeping gloves with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces.
The images of the “Balidaan Badge” on Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves went viral on social media. Quite a few Indian fans praising the World Cup-winner for his love towards the Indian Para Special Forces.
We don’t suppose to escalate – CoA Chief Vinod Rai
Speaking of the scenario, the CoA Chief Vinod Rai quoted that they will go by the ICC Norms in this regard. However, they would like to stand firm, as the symbol doesn’t show any kind of religious message on it. Further, he added that they will explain things as per their norms.
“Our stand is very clear, we will conform to ICC norms. This is not a religious or a commercial message but I find that ICC has not allowed other players also for this kind of thing. We don’t suppose to escalate, we will go by ICC’s norms absolutely,” Rai told ANI.
There is nothing patriotic:
Meanwhile, he highlighted the point that there should be not more than a couple of logos on the wicket-keeper gloves, which would certainly make MS Dhoni remove the symbol if it really exceeds. Vinod Rai also quoted that they will follow ICC rules, as they are a sporting nation.
“Even yesterday, we were clear in our mind that this is not religious or commercial but at the same time, ICC got to our notice that on the gloves, they allow only 2 manufacture logos. There is no question of breaking ICC’s norms and there is nothing patriotic and nationalistic about it, it’s just his personal message that’s all. We will go by ICC norms. We just don’t want to go against any norms, we are a sporting nation,” he said.
Well, the statement from the Vinod Rai seems like the Indian board is going to accept the ICC’s urge to make MS Dhoni remove the symbol on his Wicket-Keeper gloves.
As far as the world cup schedule is concerned, the next game is against Australia on June 9. It will be followed by the game against New Zealand and then the much-awaited clash of Pakistan on June 16th at Manchester.
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