Indian Skipper Virat Kohli Did Not Breach Any ICC Rules While Using Walkie-Talkie At Kotla
India have won the first T20I against New Zealand quite comfortably as had Virat Kohli, who had a memorable night at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla.
However, despite the massive win and the retirement of legendary Nehraji on the day, there is still some more headlines that were made. And that was the usage of walkie-talkie by Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the dugout, which few media outlets claimed to be a breach of ICC rules.
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However, Cricketnext have contacted one of the active BCCI umpires on the matter to see if Virat broke any ICC rules while using walkie-talkie on the ground.
“While it is the support staff that uses walkie-talkie devices during a game, a player is also permitted to use the same with prior permission,” the person with knowledge of the circumstances said.
The report also further stated that an undisclosed BCCI official has confirmed that the Indian skipper had taken prior permission from the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit for using the device. This means that Virat Kohli did not break any of the rules and also got permission for the usage of the device.
The article 4 of ICC’s rules on the use of communication devices in the player and official match area (PMOA) states the following:
4.1.1 no person shall be allowed to use and/or carry any Mobile Device for any reason whatsoever, whether to access the Internet or otherwise, in the PMOA
4.1.2 no person shall be allowed to use and/or carry, any laptop computer (or any other similar communication device) for any reason whatsoever, whether to access the Internet or otherwise, in the PMOA
4.1.3 no person shall be allowed to use any static/landline (or similar) telephone capable of making calls from inside or receiving calls from outside the PMOA
ICC code 4.3.1 for PMOA also states that the players are entitled to use walkie-talkies for communication between dugout and dressing room.
The Indian skipper had an enjoyable evening in Kotla as he set the stage on fire coming into bat in the final slog overs. He also carried Ashish Nehra across the ground in his final game as the 38-year old bowed out of international cricket in front of his home crowd.
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