Windies bowler Gabriel slapped with ban for alleged homophobic comment

Tanya Simon
February 14, 2019

Root was on his way to a 16th Test century when he responded to an outburst from Gabriel by telling the Windies paceman 'don't use it as an insult... there's nothing wrong with being gay'.

Shannon Gabriel, the West Indies fast bowler, has been given a four-match suspension by the ICC for his use of an apparently homophobic remark directed towards Joe Root in the St Lucia Test. Gabriel, who pleaded guilty to the offence, was fined 75% of his match fee and received three demerit points, pushing him over the threshold for a ban.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday night that it was charging Gabriel with breaching Article 2.13 of its code of conduct.

"The ICC have got to handle things and I am not in a position to comment but throughout the series it has been played in the right manner between the two sides", he offered.

'Above all else Joe Root did in this game, and he batted and captained brilliantly, nothing was as powerful as the words he spoke on the third afternoon, ' Hussain told the Daily Mail.

Nasser Hussein, the ex-England captain, also paid tribute to Root by tweeting: "I don't know who said what to whom. but boy do I applaud Joe Root's reaction here".

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Root would not say after stumps what had been said. Root said at the close that things said on the field "should stay on the field", but nevertheless received praise for his stance, including from United Kingdom equality charity Stonewall.

The charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by the match referee, New Zealander Jeff Crowe.

Root ended day three in St Lucia with 111 not out, with England on 325-4, taking their lead to 448 and are expected to declare on day four.

'West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes what has been a good, hard-fought series. "The battle was a good contest". Ms Davies said on her Twitter account.

Despite not knowing about the potential controversy, West Indies coach Richard Pybus told the BBC: 'Nothing has been reported to me, but if a comment was made we'll review it and if it was untoward we'll be addressing it'.

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