Teammates urge Dhoni to wear army insignia glove against Australia

At a time when the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) under the supervision of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has
failed to back former India skipper M.S. Dhoni in the Army insignia controversy,
his teammates have come together and urged him to continue sporting the
Balidaan Badge on his wicket-keeping gloves for the match against Australia on
Sunday.

Sources in the know of developments in the Indian camp said
that while the final decision rests with Dhoni, the former India skipper has
been told by team members that they will back him and support whatever call he
takes with regards to sporting the badge on his gloves.

“The unity is evident and respect they have for the former
skipper is unquestionable. The players have made it very clear to Dhoni that
while the decision on whether he wears the same gloves against Australia or not
lies with him, they are with him and will back him. They have in fact urged him
to keep wearing the same gloves that he wore in India’s opening game of the
World Cup,” the source said.

The source further added that while the ICC in its statement
to the media on Friday said that no personal messages or individual logo was
allowed, it doesn’t hold ground in Dhoni’s case on two counts.

“Firstly, you cannot have any other member wearing
gloves while fielding. So, there is no question of it being done by all team
members. Secondly, the others don’t hold honourary post in the armed forces.
So, why would they be sporting an Army insignia? The ICC still has some
answering to do and the Indian team isn’t convinced with the reasons presented
behind disapproving the request from the Indian board to allow Dhoni to
continue with the gloves,” the source explained.

Interestingly, vice-captain Rohit Sharma had already given a
hint on what was to be the team’s line of action when he told the media on
Saturday that they should wait and watch what happens in this regard when India
take the field against Australia on Sunday.

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As per regulations, Dhoni would be reprimanded if he does go
ahead and agree to wear the gloves on Sunday. The second offence would attract
a fine of 25 per cent of the match fee. A third offence would mean a 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 12 months.

The whole issue started during India’s opening game against
South Africa in the ongoing World Cup when Dhoni once again professed his love
for the security forces after he was spotted with regimental dagger insignia of
the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves.

-GK

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