Gabriel fined for Sarfraz incident

West Indies quick falls foul of ICC after incident during first Test defeat to Pakistan

West Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee after a physical altercation with Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed during day four of the first Test in Jamaica.

Gabriel, who bowled several impressive spells during his side's defeat at Sabina Park, ran into trouble during Pakistan's first innings at the conclusion of an over in which he'd been hit for two fours by Sarfraz.

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The fast bowler appeared to deliberately make contact with the batsman as he retrieved his cap from umpire Richard Illingworth, who proceeded to speak with Gabriel immediately thereafter and went on to report the incident to the match referee Chris Broad.

Gabriel was charged with breaking the ICC Code of Conduct with regards 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".

The 28-year-old, who has played 24 Tests, also had three demerit points added to his disciplinary record and accepted the sanctions.

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Gabriel finished with four wickets for the match, including the 50th of his career, however his side lurched to a seven-wicket defeat shortly after lunch on the final day in the first of three Tests.

The series continues from Sunday, April 30 at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados – a venue where Pakistan have failed to win from six attempts, losing three and drawing three between 1958 and their last appearance there in 2005.

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