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ICC bans smart watches after reprimanding Pakistan players

The move comes a day after it was revealed that Pakistan players were told to stop wearing smartwatches during the first Test against England at Lord's to avoid any allegations of match-fixing.

Reported by: PTI, New Delhi [ Published on: May 25, 2018 13:45 IST ]
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Pakistan players during Day 1 of their first Test against England at Lord's.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has prohibited players and officials from using communication devices, especially smart watches, on the field of play as well as the dressing room, taking another step at curbing corruption in the sport.

The ICC on Friday confirmed that under the Player and Match Officials Area (PMOA) Regulations, smart watches are not permitted to be worn on the field and in areas designated as PMOA.

"Communications devices are prohibited within the PMOA and no player is allowed to be in possession of or use a communications device which is connected to the internet whilst there," the ICC said in a release.

The governing body added, "smart watches in any way connected to a phone or WI-FI or in any way capable of receiving communications are not allowed and as such we will be reminding players that such devices must be surrendered along with their mobile devices on arrival at the ground on match days." 

The move comes a day after it was revealed that Pakistan players were told to stop wearing smartwatches during the first Test at Lord's to avoid any allegations of match-fixing.

Pakistan's Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam were seen wearing smart watches during Day 1 of the first Test.

The ICC does not allow players to carry communication devices to the field and this ban extends to the dressing room as well. Officials are allowed specific devices to communicate with their colleagues while they perform their duty.

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