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ICC Clears Virat Kohli, Says He Took Permission To Use Walkie Talkie During Match

ICC Clears Virat Kohli, Says He Took Permission To Use Walkie Talkie During Match
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ICC Clears Virat Kohli, Says He Took Permission To Use Walkie Talkie During Match
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2017-11-02T14:11:59+05:30

The International Cricket Council has given a clean chit to Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli who was spotted using a walkie talkie during  Wednesday’smatch, a violation of  the ICC code. 

The ICC in its response has said that Kohli had earlier sought permission to use the walkie talkie.

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 dug out and the dressing room, Kohli had sought permission from Venue ACU manager before using it," an ICC official, who did not wished 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 use of mobile phones is banned in the dressing room, players and support staff have access to walkie talkies under ICC rules.

 In Ashish Mehra's last international cricket, India had outplayed New Zealand by 53 runs.  This was India's first win against the Kiwis in six T20 outings. New Zealand innings ended at 149 for eight. 

When India batted, both Dhawan and Sharma were dismissed after scoring 80 runs, before skipper Virat Kolhi (26 not out off 11 balls) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (7 not out) guided India past 200 with their power hitting.

Set a daunting target of 203 in the allotted 20 overs, New Zealand were off to a poor start as they lost Guptill in the second over.

(Inputs from PTI)

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