Moeen Ali says cricket is important but not above Islam
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There have been a few cricketers who have turned religious after quitting cricket. Pakistan s Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yusuf and Zimbabwe s Tatenda Taibu are few examples. However, the number is very few when it comes to active cricketers who are overtly religious. Recently, in an interview with BBC, Pakistan-born England cricketer Moeen Ali revealed the importance of religion in his career and how he could even give up cricket for Islam. ALSO READ: Moeen Ali: 13 lesser known facts about the crafty English all rounder.

“At the back of my mind there is a responsibility that I am representing Islam, Muslims and British Asians. It is a positive thing. As long as I perform, which is the most the most important thing and I can behave. The most important thing of everything, it is something that, I feel like it makes me feel free and the one I wanted to be all my life. As a youngster, I was far from it. When I was about 18-19, I decided that this is the way I want to live my life.

“It is the only thing that can give me happiness. Cricket is important but nowhere near as important as Islam, if I have to give up cricket tomorrow, it will be easy,” he spoke about the importance of religion in detail.

Moeen has been a key member of England s cricket set-up of late and has been playing all the formats for his team. He is partaking in the first Test against Pakistan that began at the Lord s cricket ground on Thursday.