Shannon Gabriel banned for four ODIs over ‘personal abuse’

Shannon Gabriel banned for four ODIs over ‘personal abuse’

Television footage shared on social media showed Root appearing to respond to a comment from Gabriel by saying: "Don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay".

West Indies cricketer Shannon Gabriel has been charged by the worldwide cricketing body over an "inappropriate comment" to England captain Joe Root.

As a player you feel you have responsibilities to uphold on the field and I stand by what I did.

"Don't use it as an insult", he said.

Umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena spoke to Gabriel after the finish of the Test and he was charged with breaching Article 2.13 of the ICC's code of conduct.

Speaking after the day's play, Root was keen to move on from the incident but conceded Gabriel might regret his actions.

"I don't know who said what to whom.but boy do I applaud Joe Root's reaction here", Hussain wrote.

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"West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes it".

A statement from the ICC said: "During the third day of the St Lucia Test against England on Monday, Gabriel was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC code of conduct. which relates to "personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an worldwide match", following an incident with Root". 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.

Gabriel reportedly called Root a "b**** boy" in a confrontation with the England captain when he was batting on Monday, although a West Indies source told Sportsmail that he said "little boy". "The battle was a good contest".

"I don't want anything said in the middle to ruin what's been a good Test series for him and his team". "What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?"

"For me his twelve words as a role model will be in the end more important than a test hundred or possible victory".

West Indies' coach Richard Pybus said he was not aware of what transpired but promised to address the issue if anything "untoward" was said.