Cape Town - West
Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been fined 50 percent of his
match fee after being found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct
during the fourth day's play in the Jamaica Test against Pakistan.
Gabriel was found to have violated 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".
In addition to the fine, three demerit points have been added to Gabriel’s disciplinary records.
The incident happened at the end of the 103rd over of Pakistan's
innings when Gabriel, while collecting his cap from umpire Richard
Illingworth, made deliberate physical contact with non-striker Sarfraz
Ahmed who was standing in his crease.
Gabriel admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by
Chris Broad of the ICC match referees and, as such, there
was no need for a formal hearing.
The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and
Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire
Should Gabriel receive any further demerits in the next 24-months he will be looking at a suspension.