Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Shannon Gabriel banned for four ODIs over ‘personal abuse’

Shannon Gabriel banned for four ODIs over ‘personal abuse’

Joe Root is at the centre of a storm after responding to alleged homophobic comments made by West Indies' Shannon Gabriel during England's third test in the Caribbean.

His move is subject to a "no objection certificate" being issued by cricket west indies, and will see the fast bowler play in England for the first time before this summer's world Cup.

"If Shannon Gabriel has made the remarks he appears to have done to illicit that response from Joe Root then it has to be made public and dealt with transparently by the match referee".

That left both Moeen and Wood on four wickets each, and it was the latter who would finish with five as he rattled Gabriel's stumps.

It has been noted that Gabriel's comments were not caught on the microphone and the ICC have effectively set a precedent for future charges relating to on-field exchanges between players.

"Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field".

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.

"As a player you feel you have responsibilities to uphold on the field and I stand by what I did", said the England captain, according to the Guardian.

"The guys are playing really good cricket".

Joe Root's side surrendered the Wisden Trophy after defeats in Barbados and Antigua but averted the humiliation of a whitewash after bowling the hosts out for 252 in pursuit of 485.

His dismissal broke a risky 38-run stand with Buttler, who survived a chance off speedster Shannon Gabriel before he had scored, to face 40 deliveries and strike three fours.

He added: "I wouldn't use the words so strong to say intimidate with pace but when you have pace, as someone who played the game as a fast bowler, it gives you more options of being able outfox the batters".

West Indies interim coach Richard Pybus said he was unaware of the comment but it will be addressed if deemed unfit.

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