(CNN)West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has apologized for asking England captain Joe Root if he liked boys during his team's Test defeat to England in St Lucia.
Gabriel's comments were not picked up on the game's live coverage, but footage shared on social media showed England captain Joe Root appearing to respond to the West Indian bowler's jibe by saying: "Don't use it as an insult. There is nothing wrong with being gay."
Gabriel, who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, has been banned for four one-day international matches after accepting a charge brought by the International Cricket Council, which saw him reach a total of eight demerit points -- the sport's disciplinary penalty system -- in a two-year period.
"I extend an unreserved apology for a comment which in the context of on-the-field rivalry, I assumed was inoffensive picong and sporting banter," said Gabriel in his apology to Root and both teams. "I know now that it was offensive and for that I am deeply sorry."
He explained: "The exchange occurred during a tense moment on the field. The pressure was on and England's captain Joe Root was looking at me intensely as I prepared to bowl, which may have been the usual psychological strategy with which all Test cricketers are familiar.