Dhoni asked to change his wicketkeeping gloves

Sydney, Feb 24 (UNI) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was asked to change his wicketkeeping gloves during their CB Series match against Australia here today.

Dhoni pulled off a brilliant catch, diving to his right to intercept an inside edge from Adam Gilchrist off the bowling of Sreesanth but was asked to change his gloves.

It was found that the webbing between the thumb and the forefinger of Dhoni's gloves didn't meet the specifications laid out in the playing conditions.

The former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy explained the local media that the webbing was clearly against the laws.

''The law states the webbing needs to be flat whereas in this case the webbing was a curved one and also it had a vertical strap running across it,'' he said.

However, while speaking in a press conference, Dhoni said he had agreed to change his gloves as soon as he was informed that the match referee wanted to inspect them.

''There was no point creating controversy so I said I'll change the gloves,'' he said.

Dhoni said he was unaware that there was any problem with his gloves as he been using the same gloves all season.

''It's up to the match referee, I've been using them for quite some time,'' he said, ''It's an exact replica of the ones I was using in the test series so that's all I know about it.'' According to the Law 40.2, which deals with the specifications for wicketkeepers' gloves, ''if the wicketkeeper wears gloves, they shall have no webbing between the fingers except joining index finger and thumb, where webbing may be inserted as a means of support.


Story first published: Monday, February 25, 2008, 16:00 [IST]
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