SMAT20 2020-21: Siddarth Kaul walks in with BCCI logo on his helmet, umpires ask him to cover it

There is a BCCI rule that objects to players using Indian cricketing gear in domestic matches.

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Siddarth Kaul. (Photo Source: Hotstar)

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The BCCI logo is a sense of great pride for every Indian cricketer. And, the Indian players portray the logo when they take the field for their side in the playing arena. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and Virender Sehwag were not only seen portraying the BCCI logo on their helmets but additionally even used to portray the Indian flag on their helmets as well.

But then, in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, Siddarth Kaul was not allowed to do so. Turning out for the Punjab side, Kaul entered the playing arena with the BCCI logo and the national flag clearly visible. Kaul was immediately asked to cover his BCCI logo but was allowed to portray the national flag on his helmet.

In fact, there is a BCCI rule that objects to players using Indian cricketing gear in domestic matches. The rule states that if the players inadvertently do so, then the umpires have the power to intervene, and the player should be taping the logo.

“The clear instruction given to the match referees is to tell team officials that the players are not permitted to use India jerseys, caps or helmets. If the players inadvertently wear India stuff, there should be taping on the helmet crest or caps,” says the rule.

You can watch the video of the incident below:

Baroda beat Punjab to enter final of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

As far as the match is concerned, the Baroda side comfortably beat the Punjab outfit by 25 runs to enter the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. Batting first, Baroda posted a commanding total of 160 runs on the board, with skipper Kedar Devdhar leading from the front with a 49 ball 64. He was supported by Kartik Kakade, who scored an unbeaten 53 off 41 deliveries.

In reply, the Punjab side could only manage to score 135/8 in their allotted 20 overs. Apart from skipper Mandeep Singh, and Gurkeerat Singh Mann, none of the batsmen stood up to the challenge. Lukman Meriwala was the pick of the bowlers for Baroda, scalping 3 wickets and giving away 28 runs in his allotted 4 overs.

Next up, Baroda will take on Tamil Nadu in the summit clash on 31st January 2021 at Ahmedabad.