Moeen is expected to play for CSK in the 2021 edition of the IPL.
Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen sparked controversy after saying a few harsh words about Moeen Ali, the English all-rounder. The 58-year-old is known for her writings on criticism of religion and the oppression of women. For her writings, she received death threats from radical Muslim groups.
She later had to leave her country, after which she adopted Swedish citizenship. As for Moeen, he was in the news after reports about him asking Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to remove a beer brand logo from his jersey circulated.
Moeen was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2020, after which the unit led by Virat Kohli decided to release him before the auction. The Super Kings then paid INR 7 crore for the veteran all-round cricketer.
In the meantime, Mymensingh-born Nasreen has again succeeded in courting controversy with her commentary on Moeen. She took to Twitter and wrote: “If Moeen Ali hadn’t been stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS.
Here is the tweet:
If Moeen Ali wasn’t stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS.
– taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) April 4, 2021
Here’s how people criticized it:
Is a practicing Muslim a terrorist? Don’t do what the world does, lady. Many of us don’t like organized religion. However, labeling an individual a terrorist because they choose to express their faith is simply not done. He did not force others to follow his path. He simply chose not to comply.
– Anuradha Exwaized (@anuradhaxyz) April 4, 2021
Just because he has a beard and is of Pakistani descent?
– Pulkit Singh (@iPulkitsingh) April 4, 2021
Very disappointing tweet from you.
Just because Moin Ali is a practicing Muslim, can you say anything against him? This is not a joke at all.
– Shreyas Sharma (@ilooseoften) April 5, 2021
Report this tweet for its hateful content.
But yes, also the marking @ Eoin16 @ benstokes38 @ jbairstow21 @josbuttler @ KP24 @MichaelVaughan @ StuartBroad8 @ECB_cricket @JofraArcher and @IPL stand with Moeen Ali who is being targeted and labeled a terrorist for his religious beliefs.
– Doctor Roshan R 🌍 (@pythoroshan) April 6, 2021
On what basis do you make this statement or is it just your observation?
– T-Rexxx (@NandyProtik) April 4, 2021
Aunt plijj is going to see a good psychiatrist, you really need it …
– Tahira 🇮🇳 (@ Tahira40306523) April 6, 2021
Prejudice at heart …
Please come out of this hate, there are 99.99% Muslims living with love and empathy in the world.
– SAQ (@SAQBPR) April 6, 2021
Someday you will burst out of all this vile hatred in you. Pathetic
– Devlina (@AarKiBolboBolo) April 6, 2021
ए pagaal औरत pic.twitter.com/VgTzcGNZD3
– urmil RAUTELA 📌 (@Tum_aur_main) April 6, 2021
You see, you have to worry more about yourself than about Moeen Ali.
He has a character when you only have venom against him.
– Pearl ivory (@ PearlIvory3) April 6, 2021
Shame on you !! 🤢🤢🤢
– Mahira Malik (@ Mahira_2153) April 6, 2021
Quest for attention.
– Shreyas Sharma (@ilooseoften) April 6, 2021
What a shitty comment! Judge Moeen for his performance on the pitch! Applaud or criticize him for his cricket performances. But don’t behave like a fanatic and don’t abuse him for his beard or his looks!
– Rana Mitra (@ RanaMitra15) April 6, 2021
Report this tweet for spreading violence and hate. Please respect personal choices until they affect you as an individual.
Mom, if this doesn’t affect you on any level, then refrain from commenting on them or feeding them. Sigh!!
– Parbina Tamang (@TamangParbina) April 6, 2021
– आंदोलनजीवी Kiran / کرن / किरण (@Chivas_Desi) April 6, 2021
Meanwhile, CSK said Moeen made no request to remove the logo from his shirt. “There has been no request made by Moeen to CSK to remove a logo,” said Kasi Vishwanathan, CEO of Chennai Super Kings.
Moeen Ali praises CSK and MS Dhoni
Before taking the pitch for CSK, Moeen praised the team for their structured approach. He is also eager to practice his craft under the guidance of the 39-year-old. MS Dhoni, the three-time IPL winner.
“I think what sets CSK apart from other teams is actually the way they structure everything – from the team they have to the way they do things. They seem like a very calm frankness that doesn’t panic, ”Moeen said.
“I’ve talked to players who have played with MS and they tell me how he improves their game. I think a great captain does that,” he added.
The CSK opener will take place against the Delhi Capitals (DC) on April 10 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Last year they failed to make it to the IPL playoffs, the first time in the history of the IPL.