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Dhoni is warned by the ICC over dagger symbol

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni

By Rory Dollard

India star Mahendra Singh Dhoni could be heading for a stand-off with the International Cricket Council over a dagger symbol on his wicket-keeping gloves.

During India's opening match of the World Cup against South Africa, Dhoni donned gloves featuring a white insignia associated with the army.

This attracted the attention of the governing body, which does not allow political or military adornments to playing kit, and it is understood that the Board of Control for Cricket in India were instructed to ensure the gloves did not make another appearance.

Dhoni is an honorary lieutenant colonel of the Indian territorial army and how he chooses to respond during tomorrow's game against Australia at The Oval will be key.

Should he continue to wear the gloves, he would be flouting regulations and would be open to disciplinary action. The ICC has yet to receive a formal response to its request and will be monitoring events with interest.

As it stands it appears the Indian position may be to query the ICC's interpretation, with leading official Vinod Rai telling Press Trust of India the dagger was not a paramilitary reference.

In a statement, the ICC said: "The ICC has responded to the BCCI to confirm the logo displayed by MS Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019.

"The regulations do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed."

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