Pakistan’s players have been told to stop wearing smartwatches during play to avoid any allegations of match-fixing, bowler Hasan Ali has said.
The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption team met the tourists after the opening day of the first Test against England at Lord’s and warned the players against wearing the watches, which are capable of transmitting text or voice messages and functioning like a phone.
Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq were spotted wearing the watches during play although there was no suggestion of any wrongdoing as it was not clear if the devices were connected to phones.
“I didn’t know who was wearing them but yes, the ICC anti-corruption officer came to speak to us and they told us this is not allowed,” Hasan said after Pakistan dominated play, bowling England out for 184 before reaching 50 for one at the close.
“Next time, nobody will wear them.”