Cricket Australia to seek clarification from ECB about Moeen Ali’s ‘Osama’ claim

first_imgCricket Australia said that they will probe Moeen Ali’s ‘Osama’ sledge and seek clarification from their counterparts “as a matter of urgency”.”Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and have no place in our sport, or in society. We have a clear set of values and behaviours that comes with representing our country. We take this matter very seriously,” a Cricket Australia official told the cricket.com.au website on SaturdayThis comes in after Moeen revealed in his autobiography, which is being serialised by the Times, that he was called Osama bin Laden by an Australian player during the first Ashes Test at Cardiff in 2015.Moeen went on to add that the apparent reference to Islamist militant Osama bin Laden was shocking and angered him to the core.Also read – Moeen Ali reveals shocking racial abuse by Australian player during Ashes 2015″An Australian player…turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama’,” he recalled. “I could not believe what I had heard. I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field.”I told a couple of the guys what the player had said to me and I think (England coach) Trevor Bayliss must have raised it with Darren Lehmann, the Australians’ coach. Lehmann asked the player, ‘Did you call Moeen ‘Osama’?”. He denied it, saying, “No, I said: ‘Take that, you part-timer’.Also read – England’s Moeen Ali doesn’t feel sorry for ‘rude’ Australians”Obviously I had to take the player’s word for it, though for the rest of the match I was angry.”advertisementMoeen, who scored 92 runs and took five wickets as England won the match on their way to series triumph, said he spoke to the Australian at the end of the series and received another denial that the player had used the word “Osama”.Moeen, who endured a miserable 2017-18 Ashes series Down Under, said in another extract from the book that he had no sympathy for the three Australian cricketers banned earlier this year and found the whole team “rude”.Also read – Australia need Steve Smith and David Warner to return desperately: Shane WarneAustralian captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned for lengthy spells after a ball-tampering scandal during a Test in South Africa.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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