There have been a few cricketers who have turned religious after quitting cricket. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Pakistan" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> 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 <em>BBC, </em>Pakistan-born England cricketer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/moeen-ali" target="_blank">Moeen Ali</a> revealed the importance of religion in his career and how he could even give up cricket for Islam. <strong>ALSO READ: <a href="http://www.criclife.com/lists/chronicles/moeen-ali-13-lesser-known-facts-about-the-crafty-english-all-rounder-78314" target="_blank">Moeen Ali: 13 lesser known facts about the crafty English all rounder. </a></strong><p></p><p></p>"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.<p></p><p></p>"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 <span data-term="goog_517598651">tomorrow</span>, it will be easy," he spoke about the importance of religion in detail.<p></p><p></p>Moeen has been a key member of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/England" target="_blank">England</a> 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 <span data-term="goog_517598652">on Thursday</span>.