England all-rounder Moeen Ali has revealed that during Ashes 2015, the series wherein Australia visited England, he was racially abused and called 'Osama' by one of the visiting player. The left-handed batsman and off-spinner brought this fact out in open through his autobiography, which was aired by the The Times.
Remembering the unfortunate incident, Moeen wrote, "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 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."
Though, all such claims have been strongly refuted by Cricket Australia (CA), who have promised to take up this issue with the England Cricket Board. A spokesperson of CA was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying, "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, and are following up with the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) as a matter of urgency to seek further clarification around the alleged incident," the official further added.
In the same autobiography, Mooen also mentioned about the opposition behavior during the series, claiming that the Australian's were 'rude' to him during the Ashes 2015, which England won 3-2. On this very issue, he was quoted, "Everyone you speak to ... they are the only team I've played against my whole life that I've actually disliked. The first game I ever played against them, in Sydney, just before the 2015 World Cup, they were not just going hard at you, they were almost abusing you."
"That was the first time it hit me. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, but the more I played against them they were just as bad, the Ashes here (in 2015) they were worse, actually. Not intimidating, just rude. Individually they are fine and the Aussies we've had at Worcester have been fantastic, lovely guys," the 31-year-old added.
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