The West Indies have suffered another personnel setback ahead of their One Day International series against England as fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been banned for the first four ODIs. 30 year old Gabriel, accepted an ICC charge over comments he made to England captain Joe Root during the third test in St Lucia.
In reply, Root told Gabriel: "Don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay." It takes Gabriel's total demerit points to eight in a two-year period, resulting in a four-match ODI ban. The Windies host England in a five-match ODI series starting on February 20 in Barbados. Gabriel was charged under article 2.13, which relates to the personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or Match Referee during an international match.
By accepting the charge, Gabriel was fined 75% of his match fee and picked up three demerit points. He already had five demerit points from two previous incidents, having received three in a test against Pakistan in April 2017 and two in a test against Bangladesh in November 2018.
Gabriel was not included in the initial squad for the five ODIs against England but the Windies had made it clear he would be added after a brief rest period and intended to call up the 30-year-old as injury cover for Keemo Paul and Rovman Powell. He is likely to return in time for the final match of the series.