Shannon Gabriel suspended for first 4 ODIs vs England over anti-gay slur

first_imgWest Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel will miss the first four one-day internationals against England after being suspended for the said matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday.West Indies and England will play a series of five ODIs from February 20. Gabriel was found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct, for which he received a 75 per cent fine and three demerit points.Gabriel was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to personal abuse of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an international match, following an incident with England Captain Joe Root.On-field umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena and third umpire Chris Gaffaney leveled the charges.BREAKING: Windies bowler Shannon Gabriel has been suspended for the first four #WIvENG ODIs after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct. (@ICC) February 13, 2019During the afternoon session of play on Day 3 of the third Test, Shannon Gabriel was spotted having a heated exchange with England captain Joe Root and his batting partner Joe Denly. In a video circulating online, Root can be heard on the stump mic calling out the West Indies pacer for use of abusive language.”There is nothing wrong with being gay,” Root can be heard telling Gabriel after the pacer has had a go at the two England batsmen. While Root’s voice can be heard on the stump mic, it’s unclear what Gabriel had told the two batsmen.advertisementLooked as the umpires were nearby so they may have heard and had a wordSaud Ahmed (@saudi89) February 11, 2019However, Root, during the post-match press conference, revealed that Gabriel might have said something that the pacer would regret. Nonetheless, Root hasn’t reported about the incident to officials and suggested such exchanges should stay on the field.”Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field,” Root said.Level 2 breaches carry a penalty of between 50 -100 per cent of a player’s match fee or 1 or 2 suspension points. A guilty finding will also see either three or four demerit points added to the player’s disciplinary record.England wrapped up a comprehensive 232-run victory over West Indies in the third Test in St Lucia on Tuesday to avoid a whitewash in the three-match series which the hosts won 2-1.Roston Chase scored an unbeaten 102 for his fifth Test ton but his knock went in vain, after England pace bowler James Anderson ripped through the home side’s top order with three quick wickets.Chasing an unlikely target of 485 runs for victory on day four, West Indies made 252 in their second innings. Chase was aided by an entertaining 34 by tailender Alzarri Joseph, who slogged three sixes, but pickings were otherwise slim for the hosts, who crumbled again after scoring only 154 in their first knock.Also Read | Nasser Hussain applauds Joe Root for standing up against homophobic slurAlso Read | Nothing wrong with being gay: Joe Root tells Shannon Gabriel during on-field exchangeAlso Read | Shannon Gabriel has been the main destroyer for West Indies vs England: Stuart Lawlast_img read more