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Junaid Siddique of the UAE has two demerit points added to his disciplinary record in addition to a 25% fine to his match fees.

The fast bowler was involved in an incident that happened in Dubai during the third T20I between the UAE and New Zealand.

Siddique was held responsible for two Level 1 ICC Code of Conduct violations.

Siddique first transgressed section 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which forbids “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.”

During the fifth over of the New Zealand inning, Tim Seifert was struck out, and Siddique confronted him violently.

Siddique received a formal reprimand for his actions, and his disciplinary record was updated with one demerit point.

Article 2.8 of the Code, which deals with “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision,” was determined to be broken in the second occurrence.

In the 17th over of the New Zealand innings, after an appeal was denied, Siddique shown dissent by using profane words towards the umpire.

He received a 25% match fee fine and one further demerit point was added to his disciplinary record as a result.

The accusations were made by third umpire Aasif Iqbal, on-field umpires Akbar Ali, and Shiju Sam.

After Siddique acknowledged the violation and agreed to the penalties suggested by ICC match referee Andy Pycroft, there was no need for a formal hearing.

Despite not having any past offences within the previous 24-month period, Siddique now has two demerit points on his record.

Level 1 infractions carry a maximum fine of 50% of the player’s match cost, one or two demerit points, and an official reprimand.

In the third T20I, Siddique (3/26) had a strong bowling performance, but New Zealand won thanks to the tenacious fifties of Will Young (56) and Mark Chapman (51). The tourists secured a 2-1 series victory by winning the game by 32 runs.

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