Shannon Gabriel faces the prospect of being charged by cricket's world governing body within the next 24 hours after the alleged use of homophobic comments towards England captain Joe Root on day three of the St Lucia Test.
Under the International Cricket Council's code of conduct regulations, umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena have the 24 hours after such an incident has taken place to lay such a charge while the match referee Jeff Crowe has until the scheduled close of play on day five - a full 48 hours after he became aware of it.
If both those timeframes lapse, ICC chief executive David Richardson is empowered for a full week. Gabriel was the subject of a smattering of boos from the travelling support when he came on to bowl on day four. He later claimed the wicket of Root - caught at midwicket - to signal an England declaration.
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Responding to Gabriel in a verbal exchange shortly after lunch on Monday with England 138 for two, England captain Root said: 'Don't use it as an insult, there's nothing wrong with being gay.'
Although Tucker and Dharmasena warned the 30-year-old West Indies fast bowler about his conduct, they informed Crowe at the end of the third day's play that as far as they were concerned the matter was closed.
However, that is now under review with the ICC keen to stamp down on personal abuse on the field of play.
The alleged offence is covered in article 2.13 of the code, which 'is intended to cover a Player or Player Support Personnel directing language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature at any Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an International Match.
It is also intended to cover language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature relating to a family member of the Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee at whom it is directed.'
The ICC have a separate anti-racism code that last week resulted in Sarfraz Ahmed being suspended for four matches for abusing South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo.
While Sarfraz's comments were picked up by the stump microphones, the same does not appear to be the case in this episode.
It is understood the match officials reported no homophobic language had been detected.
'It's Test cricket, he's an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match,' Root said.
'Sometimes people say things on the field they might regret, but they should stay on the field.
'He's a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. The battle was a good contest, he's had a wonderful series and he should be proud.'
West Indies interim coach Richard Pybus responded: 'Nothing has been reported to me but if a comment was made we'll review it and if it was untoward we'll be addressing it.'
Windies team manager Rawl Lewis was in discussion with chief executive Johnny Grave this morning.
The difficulty for the ICC will be in proving what Gabriel, a man who mumbles at the best of times, said given that it has not proved audible to either on-field technology or the match officials.
Meanwhile, it was noticeable that the ground announcer at the Darren Sammy Stadium made a point of announcing that anybody abusing others on the grounds of race, religion, creed or colour would be ejected.
Pundits and fans have taken to social media to praise his forward-thinking actions, with former England captain Nasser Hussain describing Root as a role model.
Hussain, also a Sportsmail columnist, said: 'I don't know who said what to whom... but boy do I applaud Joe Root's reaction here.
'For me his twelve words as a role model will be in the end more important than a Test hundred or possible victory.'
Former footballer and current BBC pundit Ian Wright said simply: 'Joe Root. Well played and well said sir.'
Root has been praised by Stonewall, a leading UK equality charity, for challenging West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel during the third Test in St Lucia.
Kirsty Clarke, director of sport at Stonewall - which campaigns for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality - told Press Association Sport: 'Language is really influential and it's great if Joe Root was willing to challenge potentially abusive comments.
'The more players, fans, clubs and organisations that stand up for equality in sport, the sooner we kick discrimination out and make sport everyone's game.
'Stonewall research shows more than half of British people (58 per cent) believe it's important anti-LGBT language is challenged at live sporting events.'