- Sanjay Manjrekar suggested ICC to ponder of increased use of stump mics
- Shannon Gabriel apparently said something after which Joe Root was heard saying, "There is nothing wrong with being gay"
- Fans trolled Manjrekar for blaming the technology for the fault of the players
Sanjay Manjrekar called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the increased use of stump mics in recent cricket series following which Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed got into trouble. During the South Africa-Pakistan series, on stump mic referring to Andile Phehlukwayo as a "black guy". He was thereafter for four games. Now, a controversy has erupted with respect to West Indies's Shannon Gabriel during the third Test against England.
During the afternoon session of Day 3 of the Test match on Monday, Gabriel had a heated exchange with England captain Joe Root and his batting partner Joe Denly. In a video circulating on social media, on the stump mic saying, "There is nothing wrong with being gay."
While it is unclear what Gabriel had told the two batsmen, Root said in the press conference after the day's play, "Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field."
Manjrekar took to Twitter to express that Gabriel could not be in trouble and he said that ICC must assess "if increased use of stump mics is actually good for the game".
"After Sarfraz it's Shannon Gabriel now who could be in trouble thanks to the stump mics. #ICC must brainstorm and decide if increased use of stump mics is actually good for the game or not," Manjrekar tweeted.
While Manjrekar was talking for the players, fans did not take Manjrekar's words kindly and trolled him for laying the blame of the players' behaviour on the stump mics.
A user Adithya BS trolled Manjrekar while making a reference to students getting caught cheating in the exams and that the number of invigilators should be cut down for that.
Another user made a reference to the ball tampering controversy that caught Cameron Bancroft tampering with the ball on camera and said in that case, cameras should be done away with as well.
Various users told Manjrekar that it is the players who need to correct themselves and not the technology.
The officials have reportedly understood to have told match referee, Jeff Crowe, that they didn't hear anything that would get Gabriel into trouble with regards to ICC's Code of Conduct.
West Indies head coach Richard Pybus, meanwhile, said he had no knowledge of any comment made by Gabriel but insisted that the team would be addressing the issue if the comment is found to be "untoward".
"Nothing has been reported to me. If a comment was made, we will review it. And if it was untoward, we will be addressing it," Pybus said, as quoted by The Guardian.