The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has banned cricketers from carrying smartwatches on the sphere of play in all upcoming fixtures, tightening its anti-corruption laws within the wake of dwell streaming in county cricket.
The governing physique had earlier allowed gamers to put on smartwatches on the sphere of play, offered that communication or information transmission amenities could be switched off in televised video games.
“However with the overwhelming majority of fixtures now accessible to look at dwell worldwide due to the expansion of live-streaming providers within the county sport, the laws have been tightened, that means that smartwatches are utterly banned in televised video games and are permitted within the gamers’ and match officers’ areas (dressing rooms, balconies, dugouts) solely in non-televised video games,” a report in ESPNcricinfo stated.
Lancashire spinner Matt Parkinson had delivered to mild the chance for info alternate when he had revealed that he got here to learn about his maiden England call-up by way of a notification on his team-mate Steven Croft’s smartwatch in the course of the 2019 County Championship.
ECB’s anti-corruption codes are a lot stricter for televised video games however with the rise of dwell streaming of matches, the governing physique determined to tighten its laws.
ECB hoped the choice will make sure that the integrity of gamers aren’t questioned.
“We evaluate the anti-corruption codes and PMOA minimal requirements on a yearly foundation in order that they continue to be related to the present threats and dangers to cricket,” an ECB spokesperson stated.
In worldwide cricket, smartwatches have been banned for a few years. In 2018, Asad Shafiq and Hasan Ali have been instructed by anti-corruption officers to cease carrying them throughout a Check at Lord’s.