West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been banned for the first four one-day internationals against England.

Gabriel, 30, accepted an International Cricket Council (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.

West Indies host England in a five-match ODI series starting on 20 February in Barbados.

The original comment by Gabriel was not picked up and Root, 28, refused to explain after play on day three exactly what was said.

After England wrapped up victory by 232 runs on Tuesday, Root said he “just did what I thought was right”.

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 – he received three in a Test against Pakistan in April 2017 and two in a Test against Bangladesh in November.

More to follow.

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