Gabriel banned for four ODIs after Root spat

Joe Root Shannon Gabriel

Shannon Gabriel has been suspended for the first four ODIs of West Indies’ upcoming five-match series against England.

Gabriel was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “personal abuse of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an international match”, following an incident with England captain Joe Root.

Gabriel was fined 75 per cent of his match fee and handed three demerit points. That takes his accumulated demerit points to eight within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct.

Gabriel already had five demerit points against his name for two earlier incidents – three demerit points during the Jamaica Test against Pakistan in April 2017 and two demerit points in the Chittagong Test against Bangladesh last November. With the addition of these three demerit points, he has reached the threshold of eight demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, have been converted into four suspension points.

Four suspension points equate to a ban from two Tests or four ODIs/T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

Gabriel admitted the offence after the end of the match on Tuesday and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe meaning there was no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena and third umpire Chris Gaffaney levelled the charges.

Level 2 breaches carry a penalty of between 50-100 per cent of a player’s match fee or 1 or 2 suspension points. A guilty finding will also see either three or four demerit points added to the player’s disciplinary record.

Gabriel had earlier been suspended from the Mirpur Test in November 2018 when he reached the threshold of four demerit points.

Root’s response to what was reportedly a homophobic remark due widespread praise both from within cricket and outside the sport.

Gabriel’s four-match ban may not be as significant as it first appears; he wasn’t named in the squad for the first two ODIs, hasn’t played an ODI since December 2017, and has only featured in 18 all told. Although it’s worth adding West Indies might well have been minded to add him to the squad in the wake of injuries to Keemo Paul and Rovman Powell.