The International Cricket Council has criminialized players and umpires from wearing smartwatches on a field.
Pakistani players Babar Azam and Asad Shafi were speckled wearing smartwatches during a initial exam opposite England during Lords, call a quick response from a sport’s ruling body.
It’s not transparent that smartwatches were worn, either they were connected to smartphones, or means to lift down information during play.
The ICC has reiterated that players are banned from regulating communications tech within a Player and Match Officials Areas (PMOA).
In a statement, a ICC said: “Communications inclination are taboo within a PMOA and no actor is authorised to be in possession of or use a communications device that is connected to a internet while there.
“Smart watches in any approach connected to a phone or Wi-Fi or in any approach able of receiving communications are not authorised and as such we will be reminding players that such inclination contingency be surrendered along with their mobile inclination on attainment during a belligerent on compare days.”
Given a competition has had problems with a spot-fixing (the use of regulating certain elements of matches that do not indispensably directly impact a result) in new years, a quick movement from a ICC is understandable.
The Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali pronounced he was visited by an anti-corruption officer following a initial day’s play (via Business Standard).
He said: “I didn’t know who was wearing them though yes, a ICC anti-corruption officer came to pronounce to us and they told us this is not allowed. Next time nobody will wear them.”
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