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Saeed Ajmal reprimanded by ICC for breaching Code of Conduct

Saeed Ajmal was reported for suspected bowling action earlier © Getty Images
Saeed Ajmal was reported for suspected bowling action earlier © Getty Images

Aug 18, 2014

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reprimanded and warned for a Level one breach of the International Cricket Council (ICCSa) Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during the fourth day’s play in the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) on Sunday. Previously he was reported for suspected bowling action.

Ajmal was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the Code, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”. The charge related to an incident after the 105th over of Sri Lanka’s second innings when he used obscene language, which was picked up by the stump microphone and heard on television.

The charge was laid by the on-field umpires Ian Gould and Richard Illingworth, and third umpire Bruce Oxenford, all from the Emirates Elite Panel off ICC Umpires. All Level one breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee.

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