Shannon Gabriel, the West Indies frontline fast bowler, has been handed an official warning by on-field umpires for abusive comments during the third day’s play against England in St. Lucia.Joe Root said that Gabriel “might regret” some of the things he said but refused to elaborate on what those comments might be.
”Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field,” Root said.
“It’s Test cricket and he’s an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match. He’s a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. The battle was a good contest, he’s had a wonderful series and he should be proud.”
Stump mics had picked up an interaction between Gabriel and the England batsmen, which ended when Root stating that “there’s nothing wrong with being gay”.
Richard Pybus, the Windies’ interim coach, later stated that he was unaware of what was said on the field since nothing was reported to him but promised to address the matter should the comments be “untoward”.
“Nothing has been reported to me. But if a comment was made, we’ll review it. And, if it was untoward, we’ll be addressing it.”
The umpires had spoken to Gabriel at the time of the incident and as things stand, there is no plan to take any further action on the matter.
First Published: February 12, 2019, 12:22 PM IST
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