India's veteran wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday chose to obey the ICC diktat as he removed the dagger insignia from his green keeping gloves during the World Cup game against Australia. The ICC's regulations only allow manufacturers' logos on gloves.
ESPNcricinfo understands that, in its email to the BCCI, the ICC explained that Dhoni had violated the G1 clause in of its clothing and equipment regulations. "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".
One fan said: 'He is the hero of this nation not only as a cricketer but also for determination towards his duties for nation. ICC requested BCCI that MS shouldn't wear those gloves because he didn't take permission in writing. His breach was caught on the TV cameras forcing the ICC to issue him a stern warning.
While BCCI appealed to the ICC to let Dhoni wear the gloves since it doesn't have a political, religious or racial sentiment attached to it, the global body said there was no reason to change the original decision.
One supporter posted a photo of an umpiring howler which cost West Indies star Chris Gayle his wicket during West Indies' World Cup group-stage match against Australia at Trent Bridge on Thursday. The latter sported a "Balidaan Badge", an Indian Army insignia, on his gloves during India's match against South Africa. Taking a firm stand, the ICC on Friday denied Dhoni permission to wear the dagger insignia on his gloves during the World Cup despite BCCI's assertion that it was not a military symbol. However, the former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has given his straightforward opinion and feels that the rules should be followed.
"ICC ought to look into the matter that we should not have 300-400 run total". 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.
The ICC has previously ruled against players making political statements, banning England all-rounder Moeen Ali in 2014 from wearing wristbands saying "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine".