ICC banned Shanon Gabriel for sledging Joe Root something controversial on St Lucia. This Caribbean Pacer got the restriction for 4 international matches.
The Committed Offence
On the St Lucia test English opener, Joe Root was paying wonderful. His century brought England to a comfortable position on the third day of the last test of three matches’ series. But Shanon Gabriel tried to weaken him on as usual cricket culture. But this Caribbean crossed the limit and criticized English captain as “Gay”
Which was clearly disclosed on the stump mic. Though English Captain Joe Root answer it as being gay is not a crime. But ICC took it seriously. Not only that time, but Shanon Gabriel was also aggressive during Joe Root and Joe Denly were discussing after their run-up. Two umpires Kumara Dharmasena and Rod Tucker admonished him.
ICC Law for this issue
According to article no 2.13, on the ICC code of conduct,
“Personal abuse of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an international match.”
Shanon Gabriel found guilty and received a fine of 75% of his match fee with three demerit points. Shanon Gabriel got a total of 8 demerit points in the last 24 months. That is enough to ban him for two tests and four ODI or t-20, which comes first.
Shanon Gabriel got three demerit points for coming to blowers with Sarfaraz Ahmed in Jamaica test in April 2017. This Caribbean pacer got two demerit points in Chittagong test and committing the same crime with Imrul Kayes as well.
Therefore, ICC banned Shanon Gabriel for sledging Joe Root something controversial issue of “Homosexuality”. This Caribbean pacer is dropped from the ODI series with England.