ECB will let players keep phones in County Championship games despite growth of streaming


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The ECB have decided to allow players to keep their phones during County Championship matches despite the development of online streaming.

It was anticipated that recent improvements in the quality and availability of counties’ live streams would see all county matches treated as televised games this year. That would mean transmitting devices would be taken from participants – players, coaches and match officials – before the start of play each day to safeguard the game from the threat of corruption.