Friday, 15 November, 2019

Shannon Gabriel Charged by ICC for Abusive On-Field Comments

England's captain Joe Root raises his bat after leaving the field on 111 not out in the third West Indies test RICARDO MAZALAN APEngland's captain Joe Root raises his bat after leaving the field on 111 not out in the third West Indies test
Cary Erickson | 14 February, 2019, 01:08

Gabriel has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee for the third Test in St Lucia and handed three demerit points, taking his total to eight - enough to be banned for four ODIs or one Test.

According to The Guardian newspaper, Gabriel's comments were not picked up by stump microphones but Root was heard telling the bowler: "There's nothing wrong with being gay". "There is nothing wrong with being gay".

Stonewall, a leading UK LGBT equality charity, had earlier led the plaudits for Root's calm response to Gabriel in the heat of battle.

He is likely to return in time for the final match of the series.

The nature of Gabriel's part of the conversation was not audible but Press Association Sport understands the Trinidadian paceman was warned about his language by at least one of the on-field umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker.

England captain Joe Root has been praised for his response to sledging during an global test match.

"Sometimes things are said on the field but they should stay on the field".

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England, 123 runs up on the first innings, cruised from 19 without loss at the start of the day to 325-4 at stumps.

West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been charged by the International Cricket Council for his homophobic taunt during the third Test against England on Monday.

Joe Root, who was involved in the exchange with Gabriel said that he "might regret" some of the things he said but refused to elaborate on what those comments might be.

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

He's an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match. He's a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. "I don't want anything said in the middle to ruin what's been a good Test series for him and his team", Root added.

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

On Wednesday, West Indies coach Richard Pybus told the BBC he had yet to receive a report of the incident but that action would be taken if anything unsavory had happened.