Cricket Australia shuts investigation into Moeen Ali’s ‘Osama’ claims
Moeen claimed that he was called ‘Osama’ - a reference to Osama Bin Laden - during the 2015 Ashes. @Getty

Cricket Australia (CA) has said it will not be pursuing further action against an unnamed Test cricketer who allegedly called England’s Moeen Ali ‘Osama’ during the 2015 Ashes tour.

Earlier this month, an extract from Moeen’s to-be released autobiography was published in which the England allrounder Moeen claimed that he was called ‘Osama’  - a reference to Osama Bin Laden – during the home Test series versus Australia. Swiftly, CA announced that it would investigate Moeen’s claims and that it would speak to the England & Wales Cricket Board to seek further information.

A day later, England’s head coach Trevor Bayliss said that Moeen did not want a case against the alleged Australian player to be filed.

Citing unsuccessful attempts to obtain new information about the incident, a CA spokesperson Monday said the matter was “closed”.

“We have followed up with the ECB and our Team Management and confirmed that the incident was investigated at the time, with a response provided to Moeen,” the spokesperson said. “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.

“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 behaviours and values, and they are fully aware of the consequences should they fail to do this.”