Cricket: Shannon Gabriel given four-match ban for alleged homophobic comment

West Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel has copped a four-match ban, after being found guilty of "personal abuse" towards England captain Joe Root during the third test in St Lucia.

Gabriel was changed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), after the on-field umpires warned him for his comments directed at Root.

The 30-year-old has been fined 75 percent of his match fee and will miss four one-day internationals against England.

The nature of Gabriel's words is not known, but Root was picked up on stump microphones telling Gabriel: "Don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay."

He also said after that Gabriel "might regret" his comments, but refused to state what he said to him.

Root was widely praised for his actions, with former England skipper Nasser Hussain and a leading executive at Stonewall - a UK organisation which campaigns for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality - tweeting their support.

Shannon Gabriel and Joe Root shake hands.
Shannon Gabriel and Joe Root shake hands. Photo credit: Reuters

White Ferns skipper Amy Satterthwaite, who is married to teammate Lea Tahuhu, also praised Root's stand for inclusivity in sport.

The ICC said Gabriel accepted the charged handed to him.

"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," it said.

"Gabriel admitted the offence after the end of the match on Tuesday [local time] and accepted the sanction."

While England won the third test by 232 runs, the West Indies came out on top on the series, 2-1.

The five-match ODI series starts on February 20.