West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Kingston April 25, 2017

Gabriel fined 50% of match fee for Sarfraz incident

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shannon Gabriel claimed 3 for 92 in Pakistan's first innings © AFP

Shannon Gabriel, the West Indies fast bowler, has been fined 50% of his match fee and handed three demerit points after an incident involving Sarfraz Ahmed on the fourth day in Kingston.

At the end of the 103rd over of Pakistan's first innings, Gabriel's 22nd, he deliberately made contact with Sarfraz at the non-striker's end when collecting his cap from umpire Richard Illingworth who then had a word with Gabriel.

Illingworth, along with the other umpires, later reported the incident and Gabriel was found to have breached Article 2.2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other Person (including a spectator) in the course of play during an International Match".

Gabriel admitted the offence and accepted the sanction from match referee Chris Broad so there was no need for a hearing.

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  • doosra-sheru on April 28, 2017, 20:00 GMT

    WHOA........ Why just this slap on the wrist treatment? He should have been given at least a 2 Test match ban.This behaviour is unbecoming and bloggers who say it was a" heat of the moment thing" are condoning uncivilized behaviour in the gentleman's game.In real life if you do that intentionally then that is considered assault......and could be sued in court. Kick down the stumps, shake your hear after getting lbw, point to your wristwatch when you get caught in the slips , pull out a note with the words "talk nah" is OK by me and can escape with a reprimand but this is plum LBW.......... Loser behaviour on wicket

  • Cricinfouser on April 27, 2017, 19:33 GMT

    West Indies need a net Chief Executive and a non interfering board who would allow the selectors to pick the best players for the West Indies team

  • Cricinfouser on April 27, 2017, 15:39 GMT

    west indies needs another sir curtly ambrose and a viv Richards . really bad.

  • GenerallyCricket on April 26, 2017, 13:59 GMT

    Let the ball do the talking, Shannon. This worked for Sir Curtly Ambrose.

  • Saifullah Farooqui on April 26, 2017, 13:51 GMT

    Gabriel deserves a banned for atleast couple of matches.

  • Cricinfouser on April 26, 2017, 13:00 GMT

    very surprise that gabriel would do what he did . I taught he would have been a less likely person to behave like that. but we are only human. sarfraz handled it ok .

  •   Maaz Farooqui on April 26, 2017, 12:07 GMT

    Should have been slapped for 100% match fee.

  • HamzaSalman on April 26, 2017, 5:19 GMT

    Doesn't physical contact by design fall under a stricter punishment code automatically per the revised ICC discipline rulebook? I'm pretty sure it does.

  • Nympholept on April 26, 2017, 1:31 GMT

    Gabriel seems to be the only hardworking man in WI lineup at the moment.

  • Cricinfouser on April 26, 2017, 0:17 GMT

    Disappointing act by Shannon Gabriel. Bye match fee.

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