Dean Jones clarifies PSL mobile-in-dugout controversy
The fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) kicked off to a controversial note, as the image of a mobile phone being used in the dugout, during a match between Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings on Friday took the internet world by storm.
The controversy got bigger after former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar took to his Twitter to share his views, “This is so wrong using mobile phone in dugout.” Some more key figures in the world of cricket shared the picture which prompted plenty of questions on social media.
This is so wrong using mobile phone in dug out…. pic.twitter.com/hU3GLlTjXI
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) February 21, 2020
However, the controversy died down soon, as Kings’ head coach Dean Jones issued a clarification through his Twitter account, claiming that team managers and CEOs are allowed to use phones in the dugout, and that the person in question was team manager Tariq Wasi.
According to Jones, Wasi was organising “practice sessions” for the following day. He wrote, “Like in ALL T20 cricket. The manager/CEO is the only one allowed to have a phone. In this case Tariq.. our CEO is doing work. Here he is organising us Practice times for today. Thanks for your concern.”
Like in ALL T20 cricket. The manager/CEO is the only one allowed to have a phone. In this case Tariq.. our CEO is doing work. Here he is organising us Practice times for today. Thanks for your concern. https://t.co/UORGtmMlro
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) February 22, 2020
While cricket’s rule book clearly mentions in Article 4 that “no person is allowed to carry a mobile device inside the PMOA,” a sub-article 4.2 also clearifies the following:
“Each team manager shall be permitted to carry a Mobile Device within the PMOA, provided that it can only be used either: (a) by him/her for cricket operations purposes; and/or (b) by any Player or Player Support Personnel for any important personal matter.”