According to ICC rules, a player can not sport as part of his attire any commercial, religious or military logo.
Mirror has learnt that the ICC conveyed to the BCCI that such a concession could lead to a precedent, encouraging other players to follow suit.
Though the government has openly backed Dhoni the Army has preferred to remain mum on the contentious matter. In both cases the ICC cited equipment regulation violation.
"If there is any flexibility available, we have sought permission for the ICC to allow the player to wear the gloves", Rai said. The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment.
As a player, it is Dhoni and every cricketer's responsibility to follow the rules.
The MS Dhoni and the dagger sign on his wicketkeeping gloves controversy may not be over yet. But, the BCCI stood by Dhoni and requested ICC to allow him to sport the "insignia" gloves in the ongoing World Cup 2019.
Dhoni is an honorary lieutenant colonel of the Parachute Regiment in the Indian territorial army and his gloves sported the dagger insignia of his regiment of the Indian Para Special Forces.
Asked if the BCCI would defy the ICC ruling and Dhoni would have that dagger sign on his gloves in this match, sources in the team did not say no. "Wait until tomorrow", was all that was given as an answer.
Also, the logos on the glove should not have a political or racial connotation of any sort. He is also regarded by some as one of the best wicket-keepers in modern limited-overs global cricket.
He also recalled Moeen Ali's instance when the England cricketer wasn't allowed to wear a wrist band in support of some cause in 2014 and he had to remove it according to the rules.
This is not the first time to take such a thing in worldwide cricket.