Gabriel had earlier been suspended from the Mirpur Test in November 2018. © Getty
West Indies fast-bowler Shannon Gabriel has been suspended for four ODIs by the ICC following an incident involving England captain Joe Root during the third Test in St Lucia.
The sanction relates to an exchange between the fast-bowler and Root on the third day which ended with the visiting batsman saying: “Don’t use it as an insult. There is nothing wrong with being gay.”
Charges were brought by the standing umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker, and Gabriel was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC’s Code of Conduct which relates to “personal abuse of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an international match.”
Gabriel received a fine of 75% of his match fee and three demerit points for the Level 2 offence which took him to eight demerit points within a 24 month period. That automatically equates to a ban from either two Tests or four ODIs or IT20s, whatever comes first.
The 30 year-old, who was set for a recall to West Indies one-day team, will now miss the first four matches of the upcoming ODI series with England which begins next week in Barbados.
Gabriel already had five demerit points against his name for two previous incidents involving physical contact with opposing players. He received three demerit points during the Jamaica Test against Pakistan in April 2017 for barging Sarfraz Ahmed and a further two demerit points in the Chittagong Test against Bangladesh last November for a similar incident involving Imrul Kayes. As a result of the latter incident, he was suspended for the next Test in Mirpur, having reached the threshold of four demerit points.