English cricketing legend Michael Vaughan has categorized the stupid players in the game of cricket. He tweeted about players being identified and punished for being caught abusing on the stump mic. Vaughan believes its the players’ stupidity if he gets caught. Stump Mics have added to broadcasts and have helped people understand game tactics better.
This statement has surfaced after Jos Buttler was recently caught and penalized. He was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. He was also charged for breaching Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to using an audible obscenity during an international match. It took place during the fifth day of the second Test between England and South Africa in Cape Town.
Michael Vaughan shares his views on the incident
Michael Vaughan tweeted saying, “For what’s it worth..I think having the stump mics turned up has added to cricket Broadcasts & given the viewer an insight into players/tactics & some banter.. If a player swears and abuses someone and it’s caught surely it’s the players stupidity not the fact we have stump mics!” His tweet clearly showed that he does not favors people criticizing stump mics for revealing everything. Rather, he believes stump mics have added to the broadcasters’ technology and have helped people understand tactics in a much better way.
This is not the first time such an incident has taken place. Prior to this, Jason Roy was penalized for the same during an ICC Cricket World Cup Match between England and Pakistan in 2019. ICC reprimanded Jonny Bairstow for audible obscenity during a T20I game between England and New Zealand. Sri Lankan bowler Lahiru Kumara was also fined for breaching the Article 2.3 of the code in November 2018 during a test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The incident has taken place time and again and will continue to do so. If the players want to avoid being fined, they’ll have to be a bit more watchful.