Shannon Gabriel issued warning for using abusive language
As of now, no further action will be taken against Shannon Gabriel. (AFP Image)

West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel received a warning by the two on-field umpires for allegedly abusive language against England captain Joe Root during Day 3 of the St Lucia Test on Monday. While it is unclear as to what exactly was said by Gabriel, the stump mics caught an interaction between the fast bowler and the England captain, which ended with Root saying: There is nothing wrong in being gay.”

The incident took place in the 44th over when England were sailing smoothly at 138 for 2 with Root and Joe Deny at the crease when both players ran into some kind of “interaction”. As of now, Gabriel has escaped with just a warning and no official action has been taken against him. As per a report in the Daily Telegraph, match referee Jeff Crowe was content that the matter was taken care of by the field itself by umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena

Root, however, seemed restrained in his comments about the incident while addressing the media at the close of play, although he did mention that Gabriel could have said something he “might regret”. (READ: Root ton gives England massive lead over West Indies)

“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.”

West Indies interim coach Richard Pybus said he was unaware of the comment but it will be addressed if deemed unfit. “Nothing has been reported to me,” he said. “But if a comment was made, we’ll review it. And, if it was untoward, we’ll be addressing it.”