Fans show support for MS Dhoni, flaunt 'Balidaan Badge' at Oval
Fans at the Oval Ground showed their support for MS Dhoni as they flaunted the Balidaan Badge during the India vs Australia game
Even as the International Cricket Council (ICC) did not allow Mahendra Singh Dhoni to sport the Army insignia on his wicketkeeping gloves against Australia, a section of Indian fans at The Oval here flaunted the "Balidaan Badge" during the marquee World Cup clash on Sunday.
A fan dressed in the Indian tricolour was seen holding a banner with the badge sketched in brown on top against a black background.
At a time when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the supervision of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) failed to back the former India skipper in the Army insignia controversy, his teammates came together and urged him to continue sporting the Balidaan Badge on his wicketkeeping gloves for this match.
Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments in the Indian camp said that while the final decision rested with Dhoni, the team members had told the former India skipper that they will back him and support whatever call he took with regard to sporting the badge on his keeping gloves.
As per regulations, Dhoni would be reprimanded if he sported the Army insignia on his keeping gloves on Sunday. The second offence would attract a fine of 25 per cent of the match fee. A third offence would mean 50 per cent fine of the fee and a fourth offence would see the player losing 75 per cent of his match fee. All of this within a span of 12 months.
The Heart of the matter
MS Dhoni who is a Lieutenant of the Indian Army was wearing a 'Balidaan' symbol on his gloves during India's matches in the World Cup 2019, to show respect to the Indian Armed Forces. But ICC looked at it as a political statement and asked MS Dhoni to remove or cover the 'Balidaan' symbol on his gloves for India's remaining matches in the World Cup.
With inputs from AFP
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