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October 26, 2013
Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan offspinner, has received an official reprimand for his celebrations following the wicket of Morne Morkel on the third day of the second Test in Dubai. The celebrations were considered insulting towards the umpires.
The incident in question occurred in the 162nd over of South Africa's innings, when Ajmal appealed for a catch against Morne Morkel, but was turned down by umpire Ian Gould. Pakistan had no reviews left. Morkel was dismissed off Ajmal's next delivery, caught at first slip by Younis Khan, but the bowler celebrated continued appealing animatedly.
Ajmal was charged with breaching Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match".
The offspinner admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee David Boon.
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