Pakistan faces ICC sanctions over banned Apple watches in Lord’s Test

LONDON: Pakistan’s duo of Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq have created controversy on the first day of the Lord’s Test against England, wearing Apple watches which are understood to be banned by the International Cricket Council.

According to a report in UK’s Daily Mail, the ICC could impose sanctions on Pakistan as they do not permit these smart watches to be worn on the field since it is possible to directly access the internet with them and therefore online betting sites. 

This was confirmed by Peter O'Shea, ICC's anti-corruption officer.

"Anti-corruption officials came to us and told us it's not allowed, so next time we won't do it," Ali said. 

On their tours to England since the 90s, Pakistan have been involved in several controversies such as ball-tampering and spot-fixing.