International cricket council (ICC) denied M.S. Dhoni the permission to wear the honorary dagger insignia on his wicket keeping gloves stating that it is against the rules of the council. The council’s rule book allows the players to have one sponsor logo on their clothing and no other form of personal symbolism.

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The regulation states “No Logo shall be permitted to be displayed on Cricket Clothing or Cricket Equipment, other than a National Logo, a Commercial Logo, an Event Logo, a Manufacturer’s Logo, a Player’s Bat Logo, a Charity Logo or a Non-Commercial Logo as provided in these regulations.”

Dhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the territorial army and the dagger is their emblem. While the board of control of cricket in India (BCCI) has backed him up by seeking permission from ICC saying that neither it is any political or religious symbol and the para-regimental emblem has the word “Balidan” which means sacrifice inscribed on it while it is not on Dhoni’s glove. The sports minister Kiren Rijiju has also come up with support for Mahi and the former skipper is being supported by fellow cricketer Suresh Raina and Olympic bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt.