MS Dhoni’s identity is country’s identity, BCCI should stand with him: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Adding further support to MS Dhoni, after ICC objected to him sporting  a Special Forces insignia, ‘Balidaan’ in his wicketkeeping gloves, newly-appointed Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju stated that BCCI should stand with Indian legend and his identity is the country’s identity.

“I am hopeful that BCCI will take up this matter with ICC and will solve this matter. M S Dhoni’s identity is country’s identity, army’s identity and it is not politics. So, BCCI should stand with Dhoni,” said Rijuju as reported by ANI.

Rijiju said the government does not intervene in the affairs of the sports bodies as the bodies are autonomous and independent.”I would like to say very clearly that the government does not intervene in the affairs of the sports bodies. BCCI or any sports federation, they are autonomous and they run their affairs independently,” he added. 

BCCI to back MS Dhoni for sporting Special Forces insignia in his wicketkeeping gloves

“I would like to request BCCI to take up matter with ICC properly and if necessary inform the government accordingly,” he added.

The “Balidaan Badge” or the Army insignia was spotted on Dhoni’s gloves as television replays showed him stumping Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal. ICC requests BCCI to remove army insignia from MS Dhoni’s gloves

Fans hit out at ICC for objecting to MS Dhoni wearing gloves with Special Forces’ insignia

As per ICC’s Clothes and equipment rules and regulations G1, Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear,display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment (“Personal Messages”) unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s Board and the ICC Cricket Operations Department.Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political,religious or racial activities or causes.The ICC shall have the final say in determining whether any such message is approved. For the avoidance of doubt,where a message is approved by the player or team official’s Board but subsequently disapproved by the ICC’s Cricket Operations Department, the player or team official shall not be permitted to wear,display or
otherwise convey such message in International Matches.

Balidaan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with “Balidaan” inscribed in Devanagari. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidaan Badge.

Dhoni, who has been conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment in 2011, had also undergone training under the Para Brigade in 2015.