West Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel has been suspended for four ODIs for his comments towards England captain Joe Root. Photo: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters

LONDON – West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was suspended on Wednesday for four one-day internationals after breaching the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct over comments made to England’s Joe Root.

Gabriel has been fined 75 percent of his match fee for the incident during the third Test in St Lucia and handed three demerit points, taking his total to eight – enough to be banned for four ODIs or two Tests.

The nature of the paceman’s words is not known, but England captain Root was picked up on stump microphones telling Gabriel: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”

A statement from the ICC said: “During the third day of the St Lucia Test against England on Monday, Gabriel was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC code of conduct... which relates to ‘personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an international match’, following an incident with Root.

“Gabriel admitted the offence after the end of the match on Tuesday, and accepted the sanction.”

West Indies won the Test series against England 2-1.

AFP