West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been suspended for the second Test against Bangladesh, which will be played in Mirpur form November 30, after he accumulated five demerit points within a 24-month period, the International Cricket Council said on Friday. His latest disciplinary breach of the ICC Code of Conduct was an incident in the Chattogram Test, wherein he made physical contact with Bangladesh's Imrul Kayes.
“During the opening day’s play in the Chittagong Test against Bangladesh on Thursday, Gabriel was found guilty of breaching Article 2.12 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “inappropriate physical contact with a player, player support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an international match,” said the council.
During the Chattogram match, Gabriel and Kayes made shoulder contact as the batsman was looking for a single on the leg side and didn't see the bowler who was in his follow-through. Gabriel was warned by umpire Aleem Dar but, in his next over, he deliberately barged Kayes' shoulder again. There was also a verbal exchange between the two.
Following the latest breach, Gabriel received a 30 per cent fine and two demerit points. The 30-year-old seamer had picked up three demerit points during the Jamaica Test against Pakistan in April 2017 and he was also fined 50 per cent of his match fee.
“With the addition of these two demerit points, he has reached the threshold of four demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, have now been converted into two suspension points,” ICC said.
Gabriel admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing, it said.
Gabriel took four wickets in three overs on day one the first Test. Bangladesh were bowled out for 125 on Saturday morning on the day three. This means West Indies need 204 runs to win the match.