Nothing wrong with being gay: Joe Root tells Shannon Gabriel during on-field exchange

Joe Root played down the incident saying heated on-field exchanges should stay on the field (AP Photo)

Joe Root played down the incident saying heated on-field exchanges should stay on the field (AP Photo)

West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was given a warning by on-field umpires over the use of abusive language during Day 3 of the ongoing third Test against England at Gros Islet.

During the afternoon session of play on Monday, Shannon Gabriel was spotted having a heated exchange with England captain Joe Root and his batting partner Joe Denly. In a video circulating online, Root can be heard on the stump mic calling out the West Indies pacer for use of abusive language.

“There is nothing wrong with being gay,” Root can be heard telling Gabriel after the pacer has had a go at the two England batsmen. While Root’s voice can be heard on the stump mic, it’s unclear what Gabriel had told the two batsmen.

However, Root, during the post-match press conference, revealed that Gabriel might have said something that the pacer would regret. Nonetheless, Root hasn’t reported about the incident to officials and suggested such exchanges should stay on the field.

“Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field,” Root said.

[“source-indiatoday”]