England vs Pakistan: Former Test captain Ramiz Raja believes the smartwatch controversy was unnecessary

Former Test captain Ramiz Raja said the smartwatch controversy was unnecessarily created by media during the Pakistan and England Test match at Lord's

PTI, May 27, 2018

Karachi: Former Test captain Ramiz Raja said the smartwatch controversy was unnecessarily created by media during the Pakistan and England Test match at Lord's.

ICC's Anti-Corruption officials rapped the Pakistan team for two of its players, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam, wearing apple smartwatches on the field on the first day of the match.

"I think it was an unnecessary controversy because this is not something new," Raja told the Jang newspaper in London.

File image of Ramiz Raja. Reuters

File image of Ramiz Raja. Reuters

Raja pointed out that during the one-off Test against Ireland in Malahide earlier this month, he had in fact inquired from Asad as to why he was wearing a smartwatch and he responded by saying that it was too keep a tab on his fitness and timing.

Raja also said that some Irish players were also wearing smartwatches during the Test.

The Pakistani media has also reported that even the ICC's anti-corruption officer in the Lord's test was not aware of the rules and laws governing wearing of a smartwatch in a match.

An English journalist brought the matter to the notice of Peter Oshay who was unaware of what the ICC regulations say about using a smartwatch on the field, one report said.

Due to rising incidents of corruption in international cricket, the ICC has now even stopped umpires, trainers and team officials from using smartwatches during matches on the ground.

The report said the ICC headquarters got in touch with its Anti-corruption officer and updated him and then he reprimanded the Pakistani players for wearing the smartwatches on field.

Updated Date: May 27, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 3668 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6470 127
2 India 5819 121
3 New Zealand 4602 112
4 South Africa 4275 110
5 Pakistan 3844 104
6 Australia 3699 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3972 132
2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2093 110