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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has confirmed that he lodged a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about India wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni having the Indian army’s insignia on his keeping gloves.
Mani firmly believes that Dhoni, who is an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Indian territorial army, shouldn’t be bringing politics into sports.
The Balidaan is an insignia of India’s special forces, which are part of the Parachute Regiment.
As a result, he complained to the ICC and wants the governing body to take action against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“We have strongly taken up the matter with the ICC,” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani was quoted as saying by Geo.tv. “There is absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position. We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly.”
Claire Furlong, ICC’s general manager of Strategic Communications, said a request has been made to the BCCI to have the army insignia removed from Dhoni’s keeping gloves.
“We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” she was quoted as saying by NDTV.