Virat Kohli was seen talking on the walkie-talkie during the Indian innings in the course of the first T20 International against New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday.
Kohli was sitting at the dug-out and footage showed him talking on the walkie-talkie.
Some media reports suggested Kohli had violated ICC regulations by using a communication device during a match. But India Today confirmed the Indian team had taken permission from the ICC and no rules were violated.
The ICC rules clearly stipulate that “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.”
Kohli had asked the ICC’s ACSU for permission to use a walkie-talkie and the permission had been granted.
Meanwhile, an ICC source confirmed to India Today that is is a non-issue for the world governing body and no press release needed to be released.
Players and support staff have access to walkie-talkies under ICC rules. Use of mobile phones in the dressing-room is banned.
On Wednesday, veteran pacer Ashish Nehra could not have asked for a better send-off as India thrashed New Zealand by 53 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday to bring up their maiden win against the Kiwis in T20 Internationals.
India’s opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (80 from 52 balls) and Rohit Sharma (80 from 55 balls) blasted identical half tons to set the tone with a 158-run record opening stand and guide the hosts post a massive 202/3.
In reply, the tourists failed to get going as only five of their batsmen — Kane Williamson (28), Tom Latham (39), Mitchell Santner (27), Ish Sodhi (11) and Tom Bruce (10) could manage to reach double figures.