|| India Correspondent ||
England cricketer Moeen Ali has been in the news in recent times ever since he has requested his Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings to remove the alcohol brand logo from his jersey. While it was earlier reported that the franchise has happily agreed, later a report suggested that the IPL franchise denied it which created confusion as well.
To make things worse, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen passed a bad remark against England all-rounder Moeen Ali in a tweet. This came after his behaviour which didn't go down well with many, including his father, who cited: ‘I am hurt and shocked’.
However, she stated that Moeen Ali would have joined ISIS had he not chose cricket as a profession. This remark left everyone angry and since then his teammates have come out in support of him, although Nasreen later defended her post, saying that it was “sarcastic” in nature.
“Haters know very well that my Moeen Ali tweet was sarcastic. But they made that an issue to humiliate me because I try to secularize Muslim society & I oppose Islamic fanaticism,” she tweeted.
Munir Ali, while speaking to The Indian Express, lashed out at the Bangladeshi writer, saying her post was an “Islamaphobic statement”.
“In her ‘clarifying’ tweet, where she described her original remark as sarcasm, she also says she stands against fundamentalism. If she looks into a mirror, she will know what she tweeted is what is fundamentalist – a vicious stereotype against a Muslim person, a clearly Islamophobic statement. Someone who doesn’t have self-respect and respect for others can only stoop to this level.” Munir was quoted saying.
“Truth be told, I am really angry, but I know I would be playing into the hands of people like her if I let my rage get out of control. If I get to meet her someday, I will tell her what I really think of her on her face. For now, I would ask her to pick a dictionary and see the meaning of sarcasm. It’s not what she thinks it is. It’s not spewing vile poisonous stuff against someone you don’t even know and then retracting it by saying it was sarcasm. Of all the people to pick on for her agenda, I can’t believe she has chosen my son. Everyone in the cricketing world knows the person he is,” he further added.
Moeen Ali who was bought by Chennai Super Kings for a whopping Rs. 7 crores in the mini IPL auction is now in Mumbai with the squad prior to the 2021 edition of IPL as well.