International Cricket Council has suspended West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel for the first four ODIs of the upcoming five-match series against England. The decision of suspension was made after his accumulated demerit points reached eight within 24 months following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct, receiving three demerit points and a 75% fine.
Why is Gabriel suspended?
Gabriel on Monday during the 3rd day of the St Lucia Test against England was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. He was warned by the on-field umpires for the inappropriate language used against England skipper Joe Root. The stump mic caught Root’s response to Gabriel comments. He said:
“Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”
At the end of the match, the Windies bowler admitted the offense and accepted the sanction. Stump mic couldn’t pick the original comments said by Gabriel and Joe Root also refused to explain exactly what was said. After England cricket team wrapped up victory in the 3rd test by 232 runs on Tuesday, Joe Root said:
“He just did what I thought was right.”
Shannon Gabriel has a history of involving in controversial incidents. He had 5 demerit points already against his name for two earlier events. In April 2017, he received 3 points demerit against Pakistan during Jamaica test. He also received 2 demerit points against Bangladesh last November during the Chittagong Test match. With the addition of these 3 demerit points, Gabriel has reached the 8 demerit points threshold, which means 4 suspension points.
4 suspension points equate to a ban from 2 Tests or 4 ODIs/T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.
The first ODI of the series between England and West Indies will be played on February 20th, 2019 at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.
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