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Anti-corruption officials from the International Cricket Council (ICC) have warned Pakistan not to wear smartwatches while on the field after a couple of their players were allegedly seen donning the devices on the opening day of the first Test at Lord’s on Thursday.
The move comes after Pakistan batsmen Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam were spotted wearing what appeared to be smartwatches. However, there are no allegations of any misconduct.
Even though it is not against the rules to wear a smartwatch, the device has to be disabled in order to adhere to the anti-corruption rules and regulations.
ICC regulations state: “Communication devices are prohibited within the PMOA [player and match official area], barring specific exceptions.
“Without exception, no player shall be in possession of, or use a communication device (such as a mobile phone or a device which is connected to the internet), while in the PMOA.”
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, an ICC spokesman added: “Apple watches in any way connected to a phone/WiFi or in any way capable of receiving comms such as messages, are not allowed. In effect, it is considered a phone unless ‘disabled’ and just a watch.”
Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali, who took four wickets on the first day, insisted he was unaware that any of the players were wearing smartwatches.
“I didn’t know earlier that anyone was wearing one (a smartwatch),” he was quoted as saying by Sport24. “But yes, an ICC anti-corruption officer came to us and told us this is not allowed. So next time nobody will wear them.”