England’s Moeen Ali put his weight behind the idea of keeping the stump mics turned on during the course of a match. Ali’s comments came after West Indies cricketer Shannon Gabriel sledging Joe Root went viral. In another incident, Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed made racist comments to Andile Phehlukwayo. Since then, there were talks about switching off stump microphones in a bid to safeguard players.
Reports said that Moeen is not against the idea of sledging but he thinks that players should not become personal or abusive. Speaking to the media in Britain, Moeen said, "It's time for people to behave themselves. Turn the stump mics up. Why turn them down? So people can swear? There is no reason to get personal.” He also added that Shannon Gabriel is a quiet person and a ‘nice guy’ but ‘things come out of people's mouths.’
Moeen had mentioned in his autobiography, released last year, that he was once called ‘Osama’ by an Australian player during the 2015 Ashes. Apparently, the incident was not caught on tape and the player denied making those comments. Ali also added that stump mics can also pick up funny exchanges between players as was witnessed during India’s tour of Australia when Tim Paine and Rishabh Pant sledged each other.