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ICC gives clean chit to Virat Kohli for using walkie-talkie during India-New Zealand first T20

Kohli was sitting at the dug-out and TV footage showed him talking on the walkie talkie at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

Published: 02nd November 2017 02:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd November 2017 02:11 PM   |  A+A-

Indian captain Virat Kohli celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Martin Guptill during their first T20 match in New Delhi, India, Wednesday. | AP

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council today gave a clean chit to India skipper Virat Kohli who was seen using a walkie-talkie during the first T20 International against New Zealand here.

Kohli was sitting at the dug-out and TV footage showed him talking on the walkie talkie at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

"While walkie talkie is used by support staff to communicate between the dugout and the dressing room, Kohli had sought permission from Venue ACU manager before using it," an ICC official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.

There were some media reports that suggested Kohli had violated ICC regulations by using a communication device during a match. But Kohli had sought the ICC's Anti Corruption Security Unit's permission to use a walkie-talkie.

Though the use of mobile phones is banned in the dressing room, players and support staff have access to walkie-talkies under ICC rules.

India won the opening match of the three-match series by 53 runs to take a 1-0 lead.

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