CA to probe Moeen’s ‘Osama’ ac­cu­sa­tion

Mid Day - - SPORT - Eng­land all-rounder Moeen Ali

Eng­land all-rounder Moeen Ali has said he was called “Osama” by an Aus­tralia player dur­ing the 2015 Ashes se­ries.

Ali’s al­le­ga­tion was made in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, an ex­tract of which was pub­lished in Satur­day’s edi­tion of The Times news­pa­per.

Cricket Aus­tralia has an­nounced it is launch­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, say­ing the com­ment was “un­ac­cept­able”. Moeen, a prac­tis­ing Mus­lim, said he was on the re­ceiv­ing end of the slur, a ref­er­ence to ter­ror leader Osama bin Laden, from an un­named op­po­nent dur­ing his Ashes de­but against Aus­tralia in Cardiff three years ago — a match where he scored 77 runs in the first in­nings and took five wick­ets.

“It was a great first Ashes Test in terms of my per­sonal per­for­mance, how­ever there was one in­ci­dent which had dis­tracted me,” wrote Moeen.

“An Aus­tralian player turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama’. I could not be­lieve what I had heard. I re­mem­ber go­ing re­ally red. I have never been so an­gry on a cricket field,” added the 31-year-old Worces­ter­shire left-handed bats­man and off-spin­ner. A Cricket Aus­tralia spokesper­son, quoted on the gov­ern­ing body’s web­site, said in re­sponse to Moeen’s al­le­ga­tion: “Re­marks of this na­ture are un­ac­cept­able and have no place in our sport, or in so­ci­ety.” The ECB said it would not com­ment on the in­ci­dent at this stage. AMIDST In­dia’s dis­ap­point­ing 1-4 loss to Eng­land ear­lier this week In­dia coach Ravi Shastri had de­clared that it would be ben­e­fi­cial for the team to play ad­di­tional warm-up matches ahead of the four-Test match se­ries against Aus­tralia later this year.

Shastri had told ESPN Cricinfo in an in­ter­view that he had al­ready re­quested the BCCI for a ‘cou­ple’ of warm-up games in Aus­tralia be­fore the Test se­ries.

As per the cur­rent sched­ule, In­dia are sched­uled to play a soli­tary

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