‘There’s nothing wrong with being gay,’ utters Root, WI pacer Shannon Gabriel warned
West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel was warned by the umpires for using foul and abusive language towards Joe Root during fiery third Test in St. Lucia in Wisden Trophy.
Though it is not clear what Gabriel exactly said, the stump mics revealed Root rebuking towards the Windies pace man.
Sky Sports footage that emerged on social media showed England captain Root said ‘there’s nothing wrong with being gay’ in reply to Gabriel in the 44th over of the second innings.
The England captain refused to pour light on what made him to utter those comments.
Root said, ‘It’s Test cricket, he’s an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match. Sometimes people say things on the field they might regret, but they should stay on the field.”
He further assisted,
‘He’s a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. The battle was a good contest, he’s had a wonderful series and he should be proud.’
He also added ‘When you play Test cricket there is no such thing as a dead rubber. You have the opportunity to play for your country and it means the world.’
The England captain scored an unbeaten 111 runs.
However umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena did not lay any charges against Gabriel, believing their on-field intervention was sufficient.
West Indies interim coach Richard Pybus said he was not aware of the comment, “Nothing has been reported to me,” he said. “But if a comment was made, we’ll review it. And, if it was untoward, we’ll be addressing it.”