Friday, 16 April 2021

England cricketers slam Bangladeshi author distasteful tweet on Moeen Ali

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England cricketers Saqib Mahmood, Jofra Archer and Sam Billings have lashed out at controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen after her distasteful tweet on Moeen Ali. Taslima, who has been in exile for more than 25 years after a fatwa was issued against her for ‘criticizing Islam’ by a fundamentalist Islamic organization in 1993, rarely shies away from coming up with bold comments regarding Islam.

She was at it again on Monday as she took a shot at Moeen. The England all-rounder is currently in India and is preparing for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Moeen will ply his trade for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2021. He was recently in the news after reports emerged that he had asked the CSK management to remove a beer brand logo from his jersey.

The rumours were later quashed by CSK. Taslima perhaps came across the report and took aim at Moeen in a disrespectful manner. Taking to Twitter, the 58-year old author stated that Moeen would have joined ISIS had he not been playing cricket, tweeting: “If Moeen Ali were not stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS.”

Here is the tweet from Taslima Nasreen

England pacer Jofra Archer might be an aggressive bowler on the field but he won hearts with his calm and composed reply to Bangladesh author Taslima Nasreen on Tuesday.

Taslima had said that England all-rounder Moeen Ali would have joined the global terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) if he wasn’t playing cricket.

“If Moeen Ali were not stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS,” Taslima tweeted.

Archer, who has 96 international wickets under his belt, did not take it lightly and wrote: “Are you okay ? I don’t think you’re okay.”

Are you okay ? I don’t think you’re okay https://t.co/rmiFHhDXiO

— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) April 6, 2021

The Bangladesh author tried to calm things down and later claimed that her tweet on Moeen 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. One of the greatest tragedies of humankind is pro-women leftists support anti-women Islamists,” she wrote.

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. One of the greatest tragedies of humankind is pro-women leftists support anti-women Islamists.

— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) April 6, 2021

But Archer urged her to delete the tweet as it was in no way funny or “sarcastic”

“Sarcastic? No one is laughing, not even yourself, the least you can do is delete the tweet,” Archer tweeted.

Sarcastic ? No one is laughing , not even yourself , the least you can do is delete the tweet https://t.co/Dl7lWdvSd4

— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) April 6, 2021

Former England pacer Ryan Sidebottom floated an idea of deleting Taslima’s Twitter account. “I think you might need to check if you’re feeling ok!!! Maybe delete your account too,” Sidebottom tweeted.

I think you might need to check if you’re feeling ok !!! Maybe delete your account too.

— Ryan Sidebottom (@RyanSidebottom) April 6, 2021

Moeen is one of the key players in England’s white-ball setup. The World Cup-winning all-rounder will now be seen in action for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the upcoming IPL.

Last week, Moeen had said that every player in the world wants to play under the leadership of CSK skipper MS Dhoni.

Moeen was bought by CSK for INR 7 crore in the players’ auction held in February 2021.

“I think what differentiates CSK from other teams is actually how they structure everything… from the squad they have to the way they do things. They look a very calm franchise that doesn’t panic,” the official website of CSK quoted Moeen as saying.

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