Meerut's Sunrising Sporting Goods, a sister concern of Sareen Sports Industires (SS), has come forward to claim that the gloves worn by Team India ODI Captain MS Dhoni against Australia in the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Nation Series, are not "illegal", as claimed by the ICC.
Speaking over the telephone from the factory, Director Virendra Sareen claimed, "The same gloves are also being used by Australian Wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, under the Puma brand name. Then why are those gloves also not illegal?"
"We make gloves as per ICC's standard specifications and ICC is wrong in calling them illegal. Australian Ian Healy has no business to blame us as manufacturers".
"Due to the constant use of the gloves the webbing, the portion between the thumb and the first finger, may have become loose or widened," said Sareen.
"Dhoni should have argued on this but, possibly to avoid fine [by the ICC] and controversy, he may have agreed to change the pairs immediately.”
"We have supplied him more than 10 pairs.”
Earlier, Indian team manager Dr. Bimal Soni confirmed from Hobart that Dhoni has been using SS brand gloves, and not those made by the company Brooks in Melbourne, as it was initially reported.
Sareen also ruled out the possibility of Dhoni's gloves being 'secretly' modified or tampered with, "It is not possible. The second time stitching, if done, can easily be visible".
The Indian company has been manufacturing cricket equipments and is proud of providing bats to VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag, who scored their highest runs 281 and 309 runs respectively with their bats.