In two separate incidents, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel recently courted controversy with their on-field comments which were caught by the stump mics. @AFP

Steve Elworthy, 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup tournament director, said he would like to see stump mics being on at all times during the mega event in England starting May 30.

In two separate incidents, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel recently courted controversy with their on-field comments which were caught by the stump mics. (ALSO READ: Sarfraz Ahmed gets four-match suspension over Andile Phehlukwayo comments)

They both were handed four-match bans for their “offensive” on-field remarks and the incidents reignited the debate on use of on-field microphones. (ALSO READ: ‘Do you like boys?’ – Shannon Gabriel reveals details in “unreserved apology”)

“From a fan engagement point of view, being able to do this for fans and spectators who are coming to the game or are watching on TV, these things need to be discussed, and need to be addressed,” Elworthy told ESPNcricinfo. (VIDEO: Tim Paine tells Rishabh Pant to babysit his kids in Hobart)

“People want to get close to their heroes. They want to understand what goes on in the heat of the battle. But you’ve also got to understand there are sensitivities around these things. So it is a fine balancing act. But I would genuinely like to see that accessibility granted. (VIDEO: If Rohit hits a six here, I am changing to Mumbai: Tim Paine sledges Indian batsman at MCG)

“I’d like to see it when players do get closer to the fans, so fans and spectators can witness what actually goes on the field.” (ALSO READ: Australian Cricketers’ Association expresses concerns over use of stump mics)

Stump mics were also in focus during the India and Australia Test series Down Under, courtesy frequent verbal exchanges between players of both teams.