Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 4th day October 26, 2013

Ajmal reprimanded for on-field celebrations

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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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  • on October 29, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Saud Choudry, you don't get respect for being the best player, you get respect for behaving like a cricketer. I think everyone can understand a bowler's frustration, but as you know, cricket has a good reputation for gentlemanly conduct, like that of Misbah.

  • on October 28, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Ajmal is the best spinner on the planet. He is now wearing the crown that once adorned Shane Warne and the majical Muruli. He deserves more respect than that.

  • on October 27, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Even as an Indian, I absolutely like Ajmal a lot. I rate him miles ahead of Swann and Ashwin in all formats. He is like the A B Devilliers of bowling. Adjusts superbly to all formats in is consistent in all 3.

    Very good variations and very accurate. He is a mix of Swann (traditional offspin) and Ashwin (modern offspin).

    But this fine is too much. Did anyone notice how last 2 wickets of Ajmal came after unsuccessful appeals to the same umpire?

    On both occasions it was the umpire who needled Ajmal after the decisions and Ajmal rightly signalled back to the umpire after taking the wicket.

    Had Warne done the same thing, it would have been termed by the same umpires as a joke or sarcasm. When Asians do it, it is reprimanded.

    Very unfair!

  • theCricketPurist on October 27, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    @Saud Choudhry: When did South Africa say "we would have liked to win this in 2 days"? To be honest, they are the last cricket team on earth to say such a thing. They aint Australia ;)

    But yes, if they really were to say such a thing then its disappointing.

  • on October 27, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Even the South African commentator Mike Haysman said while commentary that "i don't see anything wrong in that reaction, that's a typical bowler's reaction after 5-wickets haul"... but he's been charged for 50% of match fee, and surely had there not been the controversy of ball-tempering, Ajmal'd have got more punishment.. Double standards...Destroying the spirit of game.. #Shame

  • taslu613 on October 27, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    I saw that particular moment, i knew after the match ajmal gonna receive something from icc.I saw jason gilespie making such gesture pointing umpire.nothing happened to him.i am sure,luckily for ajmal a big controversy of ball tampering emerged otherwise he would have got a bigger punishment than faf.may be a match band . I wonder why ICC doing such discrimination.hope everyone remember the penalty of shahid afridi.Law should be same for all players.ICC should think over all these issues.

  • on October 26, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Sure the South Africans won this game. What surprises me is their cocky attitude - words like "we would have liked to win this in 2 days". Have they forgotten that they lost against the same team, in the earlier match. Pakistan has a "bad"habit of losing badly sometimes; but then they have a second "good" habit - bounce back quickly and register a win.

  • KarachiKid on October 26, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    SPOT ON @Salman Saleem @abdullah.anwar @anserazim @Bonehead_maz

  • abdullah.anwar on October 26, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Ajamal is normally a very cool minded person, so credit goes to the umpire for bringing out such a reaction from him.

  • anserazim on October 26, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    ICC vs Pakistan...this is happening since ages....now the dollar line is controlled by India...and Pakistan is on the receiving end all the time...

  • on October 29, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Saud Choudry, you don't get respect for being the best player, you get respect for behaving like a cricketer. I think everyone can understand a bowler's frustration, but as you know, cricket has a good reputation for gentlemanly conduct, like that of Misbah.

  • on October 28, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Ajmal is the best spinner on the planet. He is now wearing the crown that once adorned Shane Warne and the majical Muruli. He deserves more respect than that.

  • on October 27, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Even as an Indian, I absolutely like Ajmal a lot. I rate him miles ahead of Swann and Ashwin in all formats. He is like the A B Devilliers of bowling. Adjusts superbly to all formats in is consistent in all 3.

    Very good variations and very accurate. He is a mix of Swann (traditional offspin) and Ashwin (modern offspin).

    But this fine is too much. Did anyone notice how last 2 wickets of Ajmal came after unsuccessful appeals to the same umpire?

    On both occasions it was the umpire who needled Ajmal after the decisions and Ajmal rightly signalled back to the umpire after taking the wicket.

    Had Warne done the same thing, it would have been termed by the same umpires as a joke or sarcasm. When Asians do it, it is reprimanded.

    Very unfair!

  • theCricketPurist on October 27, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    @Saud Choudhry: When did South Africa say "we would have liked to win this in 2 days"? To be honest, they are the last cricket team on earth to say such a thing. They aint Australia ;)

    But yes, if they really were to say such a thing then its disappointing.

  • on October 27, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Even the South African commentator Mike Haysman said while commentary that "i don't see anything wrong in that reaction, that's a typical bowler's reaction after 5-wickets haul"... but he's been charged for 50% of match fee, and surely had there not been the controversy of ball-tempering, Ajmal'd have got more punishment.. Double standards...Destroying the spirit of game.. #Shame

  • taslu613 on October 27, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    I saw that particular moment, i knew after the match ajmal gonna receive something from icc.I saw jason gilespie making such gesture pointing umpire.nothing happened to him.i am sure,luckily for ajmal a big controversy of ball tampering emerged otherwise he would have got a bigger punishment than faf.may be a match band . I wonder why ICC doing such discrimination.hope everyone remember the penalty of shahid afridi.Law should be same for all players.ICC should think over all these issues.

  • on October 26, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Sure the South Africans won this game. What surprises me is their cocky attitude - words like "we would have liked to win this in 2 days". Have they forgotten that they lost against the same team, in the earlier match. Pakistan has a "bad"habit of losing badly sometimes; but then they have a second "good" habit - bounce back quickly and register a win.

  • KarachiKid on October 26, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    SPOT ON @Salman Saleem @abdullah.anwar @anserazim @Bonehead_maz

  • abdullah.anwar on October 26, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Ajamal is normally a very cool minded person, so credit goes to the umpire for bringing out such a reaction from him.

  • anserazim on October 26, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    ICC vs Pakistan...this is happening since ages....now the dollar line is controlled by India...and Pakistan is on the receiving end all the time...

  • Bonehead_maz on October 26, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Geez Booney, have a few beers and get over this. Anyone who's been a bowler knows the joy of getting a legal wicket the ball after getting a wicket ? It's just.... it's right and always worthy of a BIG celebration ?

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @Asim: I'm familiar with how the DRS system works, and what umpires can refer and what they can't. But when there's been a thick edge (as there was twice before off Ajmals bowling), they can go upstairs without a referral. It's purely their prerogative. But to be make mistakes like that after a team has been batting for over 130 overs is frustrating to the bowling side so the umpires really need to be on top of their game

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    aaah...never mind..Pakistan plays a triangular match every time the play against any team..wether its india south africa or any other team..Pakistan vs team playing the match and ICC

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Do not exhibit patriotism over Sports. Love the Sport - give credit to the final outcome, do not blame the monitoring bodies - they are already handling more than a tougher job. Lets just enjoy the sport. Let us don't play blame game based on Country politics, Country Patriotism. There won't be value for any sport if Politics play a major role inside it....

  • rise_of_the_ashes on October 26, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Strange to me as Ajmal can be reprimanded for celebrations but no action for ball tempering...

  • ballonbat on October 26, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    To those of you comparing this particular celebration of Ajmal's with Tahir's over-the-top celebrations and those suggesting there was nothing wrong with his celebration... Ajmal is being reprimanded not for an excessive celebration but for insulting the umpire through the clear implication of that appeal. Yes, of course he's celebrating his sixth wicket. But he's also clearly criticising the umpire for his decision on the previous ball and saying 'I told you so.'

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Dear Punhal Pirzada, Umpires can only go upstairs for checking no balls in case of an out, or they have a catching appeal that looks not cleanly taken, a doubtful bump ball that fielders are appealing for, in case of DRS Review. But they don't have to go upstairs for LBW shouts by his own. Teams are given Reviews for that purpose. Umpires have to make their own judgements. Thats how it goes. Maybe the rules needs to be changed and given the umpires the option to go upstairs by his own in case of close calls of LBWs and caught behind appeals. But again, if it is not in the rules then they can not do it by themselves.

  • morgie1982 on October 26, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Same thing happened in AUS VS IND 4th ODI,VIRAT KHOLI it was more intentional how on earth he missed any actions by match refree

  • Zahidsaltin on October 26, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Although I don not approve of Ajmal's actions but it is a fact that umpire Gould has always been making bad judgements which go against Pakistan. So much of it has happened in the past that it looks as if it all is delibrate. Just try to recall Pakistan's last tour to Siri Lanka where 17 bad decision went against Pakistan in a 3 match series and most of those decisions came from Gould. Poor Younis got 4 bad decisions out of the 6 innings.

  • shot274 on October 26, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Ajmal needs to be careful. He may get 50% docked off his match fee!

  • malepas on October 26, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    This is ridiculous, nothing wrong was done, how many times we have seen players celebrating like this but never heard they got reprimanded,,if considering the match situation and how long the Ajmal toiled,,the action was natural,,Empires should understand that,,moreover,,never saw ICC reprimanding players like Broad,,he consistently showed disrespect to Empires but never got reprimanded and guess why,,cos his DAD is match refree,,,in general,,ICC don't do this to AUS,IND and Eng players.

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    umpiring standards are going down hill. and on top of that this umpire's call is also making it more worse. Umpires have made mistakes as well.

    But i believe ajmal's reaction was not appropriate towards the umpires. and some match fee fine should have been served.

  • PACERONE on October 26, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Leave the umpires alone.They have a difficult job.The players have more blame for incorrect outs than the umpires. They keep appealing for ever thing even if it is not close. Solution to this problem...give every player out when the bowling team appeals.The games would not last very long and the players would get the message and start appealing for real outs or really close ones.

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    as a player ur da amsedor of ur country--always keep in ur mind--whole world looking at dat tyme--

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    very gud for Ajmal and these Pakistan fellow's and also Indians have to know to behave how much higher they go! this a good lesson to Pakistan as well as Indian players as they some times go out of character celebrating unnecessary and kholi specially from Indias perspective.

  • Jordanious77 on October 26, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    LOL. This is halirious!! Tahir should consider himself very lucky to not be on the list of players being reprimanded for celebrations

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Yes, Ajmal did point his index finger signaling that Morkel was out caught at the first slip as the previous ball had seen the umpire turning down a caught behind appeal. Ajmal had toiled hard and his reaction was spontaneous upon claiming his fifth wicket of the innings!

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Keep penalising the players, but never the umpires for making repeated mistakes. He could have sent numerous decisions upstairs on his own even if there was no DRS. But he didn't, and even if Ajmal was over the top in his celebration, you can understand the frustration after bowling for 50 odd overs.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on October 26, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    I think it's quite funny actually. Let's not water down the game too much.

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  • Front-Foot-Sponge on October 26, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    I think it's quite funny actually. Let's not water down the game too much.

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Keep penalising the players, but never the umpires for making repeated mistakes. He could have sent numerous decisions upstairs on his own even if there was no DRS. But he didn't, and even if Ajmal was over the top in his celebration, you can understand the frustration after bowling for 50 odd overs.

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Yes, Ajmal did point his index finger signaling that Morkel was out caught at the first slip as the previous ball had seen the umpire turning down a caught behind appeal. Ajmal had toiled hard and his reaction was spontaneous upon claiming his fifth wicket of the innings!

  • Jordanious77 on October 26, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    LOL. This is halirious!! Tahir should consider himself very lucky to not be on the list of players being reprimanded for celebrations

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    very gud for Ajmal and these Pakistan fellow's and also Indians have to know to behave how much higher they go! this a good lesson to Pakistan as well as Indian players as they some times go out of character celebrating unnecessary and kholi specially from Indias perspective.

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    as a player ur da amsedor of ur country--always keep in ur mind--whole world looking at dat tyme--

  • PACERONE on October 26, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Leave the umpires alone.They have a difficult job.The players have more blame for incorrect outs than the umpires. They keep appealing for ever thing even if it is not close. Solution to this problem...give every player out when the bowling team appeals.The games would not last very long and the players would get the message and start appealing for real outs or really close ones.

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    umpiring standards are going down hill. and on top of that this umpire's call is also making it more worse. Umpires have made mistakes as well.

    But i believe ajmal's reaction was not appropriate towards the umpires. and some match fee fine should have been served.

  • malepas on October 26, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    This is ridiculous, nothing wrong was done, how many times we have seen players celebrating like this but never heard they got reprimanded,,if considering the match situation and how long the Ajmal toiled,,the action was natural,,Empires should understand that,,moreover,,never saw ICC reprimanding players like Broad,,he consistently showed disrespect to Empires but never got reprimanded and guess why,,cos his DAD is match refree,,,in general,,ICC don't do this to AUS,IND and Eng players.

  • shot274 on October 26, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Ajmal needs to be careful. He may get 50% docked off his match fee!