Cricket Australia is in process of investigating the claims made by England all-rounder Moeen Ali that an Australian player called him ‘Osama’ during the 2015 Ashes.
Moeen Ali claimes that he was subjected to racial slurs by an unnamed Australian player. The Australian called Moeen ‘Osama’ during the 2015 Ashes. This incident took place in the first Test in Cardiff, which England won by 169 runs. In this clash, Moeens performance was extraordinary as he scored a crucial 77 apart from picking five wickets.
In his autobiography he writes: “It was a great first Ashes Test in terms of my personal performance. However there was one incident which had distracted me. An Australian player had 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.”
“I told a couple of the guys what the player had said to me and I think 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.” I must say I was amused when I heard that, obviously I had to take the player’s word for it, though for the rest of the match I was angry.”
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