Shanon Gabriel apologies for the occurrence and claimed it as a typical gibe of cricket at the third test in St Lucia. As this Caribbean pacer obtained 9 demerit points and ICC banned him for four matches.
Though Shanon Gabriel acknowledged it as offensive, it can be an initiative for the breakthrough. Shanon Gabriel clarifies the matter before recording on the stamp mic and claimed it as regular cricket culture.
“To my team-mates and members of the England team, especially their captain Joe Root, I extend an unreserved apology for a comment which in the context of on-the-field rivalry, I assumed was inoffensive and sporting banter. I know now that it was offensive and for that, I am deeply sorry.”
“The exchange occurred during a tense moment on the field. The pressure was on and England’s captain Joe Root was looking at me intensely as I prepared to bowl, which may have been the unusual psychological strategy with which all Test cricketers are familiar.
“I recognize now that I was attempting to break through my own tension when I said to Joe Root: ‘Why are you smiling at me? Do you like boys?’ His response, which was picked up by the microphone, was: ‘Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.’ I then responded: ‘I have no issues with that, but you should stop smiling at me.”
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.
Therefore, Shanon Gabriel apologies for the occurrence and claimed it as a typical gibe of cricket. Hope this Caribbean pacer will come back after the restriction and act politely.