The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) doesn’t believe the idea of using stump microphones is an ideal one as it can lead to unnecessary sanctions on the players for “unintentional and accidental” on-field conversations during the international matches.
Having already expressed its reservations on stump microphones to broadcasters, the ACA chief Alistair Nicholson has insisted that the association is not against the use of stump mics, but they just want clarity over the “rules of engagement”, saying they don’t want players to be slapped with code-of-conduct fines for their unintentional conduct on the field.
Nicholson told Melbourne-based radio station ‘SEN’ on Friday (December 28), “I wouldn’t say we’re not happy. (Players are) aware things can potentially unintentionally be picked up – whether it’s accidental swearing or things like that.”
He signed off by saying, “We’re conscious we don’t necessarily want players to be slapped with code-of-conduct fines when they really are working as hard as they can to bring that element of the game through that we’ve never had. It’s more caution than negativity but very much wanting to embrace it.”
Noteworthy, the stump microphones have captured some stimulating conversations between the Indian and Australian players during the ongoing Test series in Australia.
(With Press Trust of India Inputs)