Cricket Australia Closes Moeen Ali's 'Osama' Probe Due To Lack Of New Details

| September 24 , 2018 , 20:46 IST

Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday had declared the closure of the investigation of English all-rounder Moeen Ali's allegations being addressed as "Osama" by an Australian player during the 2015 Ashes series after no fresh details emerged.

The 31-year-old in his autobiography revealed that "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,"

According to media reports, a CA spokesman said, "We have followed up with the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and our team management and confirmed that the incident was investigated at the time, with a response provided to Moeen."

"Moeen elected not to progress the matter any further and we have not been able to ascertain any new additional evidence through our enquiries. As such, the matter is considered closed," he added.

Moeen Ali also said, "I told a couple of the guys what the player had said to me and I think (England coach) Trevor Bayliss (who is himself Australian) must have raised it with Darren Lehmann, the (then) Australians' coach."

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Earlier, the CA had launched an investigation after Moeen said he was called 'Osama' in reference to Islamic terrorist Osama Bin Laden, during the first Test of the 2015 Ashes at Cardiff.

Reiterating the CA's zero-tolerance approach to such comments, the spokesperson said, "We take a zero-tolerance approach to remarks of this nature, they have no place in our sport, or in society and any allegations raised with us are treated seriously and respectfully."

"Representatives of our country are expected to uphold a high standard of behaviour and values, and they are fully aware of the consequences should they fail to do this," he added.