Ajmal reprimanded for dissent in Dubai

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Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reprimanded by the ICC after being found guilty of dissent towards the umpire during day three of the second Test against South Africa in Dubai.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reprimanded by the ICC after being found guilty of dissent towards the umpire during day three of the second Test against South Africa in Dubai.

Ajmal, normally a rather vociferous appealer, thought he had dismissed Morne Morkel on Friday, but the umpire said not out to the caught behind plea.

The next delivery did in fact see Morkel caught by Younis Khan at slip, but Ajmal continued to appeal in a sarcastic manner long after it was required.

A statement from the ICC on Saturday read: "Ajmal pleaded guilty to a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day's play on Friday.

"The incident happened when Ajmal, after dismissing South Africa batsman Morne Morkel, turned to the umpire and repeatedly appealed even though the batsman had been caught at first slip by Younis Khan.

"Ajmal's appeal for a caught behind off the previous delivery had been turned down so the bowler's actions after taking the wicket were considered insulting towards the umpire, which contravenes the ICC Code of Conduct."

That wasn't the day's only drama though, as Mohammad Irfan was banned from bowling for the rest of the SA innings after repeated warnings about running on the pitch. Also, the Proteas were fine five penalty runs after Faf du Plessis was caught tampering with the ball.

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