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Ajmal reprimanded for on-field celebrations

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October 26, 2013

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Saeed Ajmal's celebrations after dismissing Morne Morkel were considered insulting towards the umpires © Associated Press
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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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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by KarachiKid on (October 26, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by anserazim on (October 26, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

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

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