‘Potentially yes’ – Buttler wants stump mics to be turned off after ICC sanction
Jos Buttler has come out in favour of turning the stump mics off after he was sanctioned by the ICC over his outburst at Vernon Philander in the second Test.
The Somerset batsman was slapped with 15 percent fine of his match fee following his use of explicit language. Buttler admitted the offence and accepted the punishment imposed on him.
The incident which took on final day of Newlands Test, was caught on the stump microphone. In reply to Buttler’s tirade, Philander didn’t respond while Ben Stokes at first slip was seen muttering few words.
“Potentially yes,” Buttler told BBC Test Match Special when asked about stump mics being turned off.
“In Test cricket there’s lots of high emotions at times. There can be things said that don’t really mean anything but for viewers at home can come across very poorly. It’s a tough one.
“We understand that it adds to the viewership experience having stump mics and being able to hear what goes on but also the players like the fact that what goes on the field should stay on the field and isn’t heard by everyone at home.”
However, Buttler apologized for his actions, saying that he understood this wasn’t the way to behave.
“I fully understand that as role models we have duty to behave in a certain way and I’d like to apologise and I understand that that’s not the way to behave so I take the slap on the wrist and move on.”
The four-match series currently stands at 1-1 as both teams face off in third Test starting January 16.