Moeen Ali, sledging
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Remember Rishabh Pant’s banter with Tim Paine? Or what happened between Andile Phehlukwayo and Sarfraz Ahmed? Well, there were a few words exchanged on both occasions. Though Pan-Paine got away with the friendly banter, Sarfraz was found making racist remarks at the all-rounder; as a result, he got suspended by the ICC for four matches. However, in the final Test against England at St. Lucia, the Windies fast bowler, Shannon Gabriel aimed a personal abuse at Joe Root. The ICC took notice of the instance and handed Gabriel a ban for four ODI matches. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali, the English all-rounder said its time everyone behaves on the field.

Moeen lays solution to curb sledging

Ali, who was part of the Test saw the episode from a closed-quarter. He has urged the governing bodies to come up with a solution to avoid players taking up on the opposition verbally. As of now, Moeen Ali laid an answer, saying if the volume of the stump mics gets increased, the players could be wary of speaking anything.

Shannon Gabriel, Joe Root
Shannon Gabriel faced four ODIs suspension for the personal attack he aimed at Joe Root. Image Courtesy: Getty

He added there is no reason to get personal with anyone and thus if one could turn up the mic, the culprits will be out in the middle.

“It’s time for people to behave themselves,” Moeen said. “Turn the stump mics up. Why turn them down? So people can swear? There is no reason to get personal. “… it’s the way society is: things come out of people’s mouths. You’re not going to get away with it now. You have to be careful.” he added.

Trevor shares different thoughts

However, Trevor Bayliss has a different view on the same. England’s head coach opined some harsh words are shared in the heat of the moment, and the world should not know everything. The gaffer added the players need to get protected.

“I’ve said it once before, no I’m not in favour of it and I’m not going to change my mind,” Bayliss said before Gabriel’s ban was announced. “I think (stump mics) should be down. I know there are people who think the opposite and think it is good for the game but sometimes in the heat of battle things are said, when guys given a bit of time to sit down and think about it would give themselves a bit of a kick up the backside.” Bayliss said.

Meanwhile, both the teams will take on each other in the first ODI, which begins on Wednesday (February 20th) in Barbados.

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