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Abu Jayed reprimanded for celebrating 'too close' to Azhar Ali
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Abu Jayed reprimanded for celebrating 'too close' to Azhar Ali

Abu Jayed has been sanctioned for his zealous celebration following the wicket of Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali on the second day of the first Test in Rawalpindi.

The Bangladesh pacer was found guilty of breaching Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which concerns “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”

Jayed dismissed Azhar for a cheap score of 34 by drawing the edge of the veteran batsman with the ball being gobbled up by the solitary fielder in the slip cordon. He proceeded to celebrate in a manner that was deemed by the ICC as provocative and could have sparked an aggressive response from Azhar.

Jayed's actions, classified as interfering in the personal space of the batsman, resemble the passionate celebration opted by South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada in the third Test against England which eventually resulted in a one-match ban after the accumulation of his demerit points to four.

Due to the offence, a demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Jayed, his first violation of the code of conduct in a 24-month period. Three more points in this slated time period can result in a suspension for Jayed.

He admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Richie Richardson, requiring no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Nigel Llong and Chris Gaffaney, third umpire Marais Erasmus and fourth official Shozab Raza had levelled the charges on him.