BBC – West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel claims he asked England’s Joe Root if he “liked boys” during the third Test but has apologized for his words.

The 30-year-old was charged for the comments he made to skipper Root, who replied: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”

The incident in St Lucia resulted in a four-match ODI ban for Gabriel, 30.

“I know now that it was offensive and for that I am deeply sorry,” Gabriel said in a statement.

“To my team-mates and members of the England team, especially their captain Joe Root, I extend an unreserved apology for a comment which in the context of on-the-field rivalry, I assumed was inoffensive sporting banter.”

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