Shannon Gabriel of West Indies celebrates the dismissal of Joe Denly of England during day 1 of the 3rd and final Test between West Indies and England at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, on February 09, 2019.
Gabriel has since accepted a four-match ban handed down by the International Cricket Council for breaching its code of conduct by using "language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature".
"During the third day of the St Lucia Test against England on Monday, 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 global match", following an incident with England captain Joe Root", an ICC statement said Wednesday.
Gabriel's part of the conversation was not picked up by the stump microphone but the Trinidadian was spoken to by at least one of the on-field umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker, about his language. "Do you like boys?"
Gabriel has extended an "unreserved apology" for his comments.
The 30-year-old was charged for the comments he made to skipper Root, who replied: "Don't use it as an insult". Footage only showed root responding to the player, saying "There is nothing wrong with being gay".
"Sometimes things are said on the field but they should stay on the field".
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"West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes it".
"I think the fast bowlers are always going to try and impose themselves on the game", Pybus added.
Gabriel played the last of his 18 ODIs in December 2017.
The UK sports minister, Mims Davies, said Root deserved huge praise for immediately calling out the remarks and said his actions should "serve as an example to anyone who sees homophobic abuse" to do the same. "The battle was a good contest".
"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".
He misses the first four matches of West Indies' one-day series with England.