Virat Kohli has created a controversy during the first Twenty20 international between India and New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Virat was seen speaking on a walkie-talkie while sitting in the team dugout. There were many reports which claimed that Virat has breached the International Cricket Council guidelines which read as:
“The use of electronic communication devices and equipment of any kind to communicate with players on the field of play shall not be permitted, except that broadcaster to player communication shall, with the prior consent of the participating countries, be allowed.”
Virat had taken prior permissions to use walkie-talkie
Virat had sought the ICC’s Anti Corruption Security Unit’s permission to use a walkie-talkie. According to the rules, the use of two walkie-talkies is allowed for communication between the dugout and the dressing room area.
The ICC’s document for Minimum Standards, point 4.3.1 states that “For the avoidance of doubt, none of the foregoing provisions shall operate to prevent: the use of two-way handheld device that uses dedicated frequencies over short distances (i.e. 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 that such communication devices are suitably encrypted to avoid detection by any third party in the nearby vicinity.”