Shannon Gabriel Reveals His Conversation With Joe Root
Windies pacer Shannon Gabriel has finally revealed the details of his exchange with England skipper Joe Root that has seen him being slapped with a four-ODI ban. 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.
Here is a clip showing the exchange between Shannon Gabriel and Joe Root:
Great work from Joe Root here. Difficult in the middle of a Test match to stand up for what’s right, but did it anyway 👏 🌈 pic.twitter.com/5ZyHxkRNdQ
— Ryan Shahin (@ryan_shahin) February 12, 2019
Gabriel has now offered an apology to Root and has also revealed the details of the exchange.
“I think I owe it to them (friends and well-wishers) and to all supporters of West Indies cricket to provide an accurate record of what happened,” he wrote in the statement.
“The exchange occurred during a tense moment on the field. The pressure was on and England’s captain Joe Root was looking at me intensely as I prepared to bowl, which may have been the usual psychological strategy with which all Test cricketers are familiar.
“I recognize now that I was attempting to break through my own tension when I said to Joe Root: ‘Why are you smiling at me? Do you like boys?’
“His response, which was picked up by the microphone, was: ‘Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.’ I then responded: ‘I have no issues with that, but you should stop smiling at me’,” he added.
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