The Indian captain Virat Kohli was seen using a walkie-talkie during the first Twenty-20 International match of Paytm series between India and New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. As we all know that, using wireless devices during the match is against the rules of the ICC.
The picture of this incident was going to viral on the social media. A news channel tweeted,”Delhi-born batsman using the wireless device during India’s batting at the Feroz Shah Kotla.”
However, the official of ICC clarifies that the Indian skipper had taken prior permission from the ICC to use the device. An ICC official said,”While walkie-talkie is used by support staff to communicate between dug-out and the dressing room, Kohli had sought permission from Venue ACU manager before using it.”
Point 4.3.1 of Article 4 of ICC’s rules on players and match official’s areas during the live match:
“the use of two-way handheld device that uses dedicated frequencies over short distances (ie a walkie-talkie) by Player Support Personnel for the purpose of communication between the dugout and dressing room area for medical and/or tactical reasons only, provided such communication devices are suitably encrypted to avoid detection by any third party in the nearby vicinity.”