ICC Suspends Shannon Gabriel After Joe Root Exchange
The ICC, on Wednesday, suspended Windies pacer Shannon Gabriel for the first four one-day internationals against England after his comment made to England’s Joe Root. Gabriel had an animated and heated exchange with Root on day three of the third Test in St Lucia. While the stump mic did not pick what Gabriel said, Root was heard telling the pacer:
“Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”
On Tuesday, the ICC confirmed that Gabriel has been charged for his conduct in St Lucia. In a tweet, the ICC confirmed that Gabriel had been charged with a breach of Article 2.13 of the Code of Conduct. Article 2.13 applies to use of “language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature”, with a range of charges covering different levels of seriousness.
On Wednesday, the ICC further stated that a suspension has been handed to the pacer. As a result, Gabriel received a fine of 75% of his match fee and three demerit points which took him to eight demerit points within a 24 month period. That automatically equates to a ban from either two Tests or four ODIs or IT20s, whatever comes first. As a result of the suspension, the pacer, who was set for a recall to the Windies one-day team, will now miss the first four matches of the upcoming ODI series against England.
Gabriel already had five demerit points against his name for two previous incidents involving physical contact with opposition players. The first incident took place during the Jamaica Test against Pakistan in April 2017. The second one happened in November last year during the Chittagong Test against Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, the five-match ODI series will begin on February 20 in Barbados. Following that both the teams will lock horns in a three-match T20I series.
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